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Sounding Off on the Subways

Friday, January 11, 2008

NYC Transit President Howard Roberts Jr. says 86 stations - almost 1 in every 5 - currently don't have sound systems.

He wants to fill in those gaps so officials can make announcements to all 468 stations station from a single control room.

Roberts isn't specifying the potential cost of the project. ...

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Service Changes to 7 Train

Friday, January 11, 2008

Starting this morning, there will be no weekday express service on the 7 line. All trains will make all local stops, in both directions, through February 29th.

The MTA says that means an estimated 7 minute addition to a commute between Flushing - Main Street and Times Square.

And, beginning tomorrow, for ...

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Bloomberg Gathers Stats on White House Run

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Associated Press says the mayor is using an approach known as "micro-targeting."

The exhaustive data collection began months ago.

When the analysis begins shortly, it will provide the data-obsessed billionaire businessman with the information he will use to decide whether to run for the White House.

Bloomberg's spokesman declined to comment.

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Spitzer Outlines Ambitious 2008 Agenda

Thursday, January 10, 2008

In yesterday's State of the State address, Governor Spitzer also attempted to extend a bi-partisan olive branch. WNYC's Bob Hennelly was there.

The centerpiece of Governor Spitzer's agenda is an ambitious plan to revitalize the entire state higher education system to help grow its slowing economy.

The plan calls for hiring of ...

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Reverend Sharpton Say He's Not A Bounty Hunter

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Reverend Al Sharpton says he and his associates kept law enforcement fully informed as they tried to broker a failed surrender by escaped convict Otis Blunt.

Blunt was captured by police in Mexico, where Sharpton and others headed in hopes of helping the fugitive turn himself in. According to Sharpton, Blunt ...

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Fugitive Caught in Mexico

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Blunt and fellow inmate Jose Espinosa escaped from a Union County, New Jersey jail almost a month ago. Espinosa was captured in Elizabeth, only a mile away from the facility.

Blunt, meanwhile, managed to travel thousands of miles to Mexico City. He was arrested by Mexican authorities and transferred to the ...

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Millions Proposed for New Housing Fund

Thursday, January 10, 2008

REPORTER: Priscilla Almodovar, the head of the state's Mortgage Agency, would oversee the money.

She says the idea is to pass legislation to make the fund permanent and create a panel of state agencies involved in housing to decide how the money gets spent.

ALMODOVAR: The Office of Mental Health does a ...

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NYC Gets First Pay Toilet Since 1975

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The first public restroom was opened in Madison Square Park with great fanfare. With the cluster of press there near the shake shack, you might have thought Bono was preparing for a free concert, but a "potty for the people" in New York is an even rarer thing. It certainly ...

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New Rules for Plastic Bags

Thursday, January 10, 2008

REPORTER: The City Council wants to prevent plastic bags from becoming litter. Yesterday, it passed legislation that requires large stores and chains to recycle the bags.

Stores that fail to comply could face fines of $300 per day.

Speaker Christine Quinn says the bill requires the clear display of recycling bins for ...

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Voter Registration Deadline is Friday

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The primary in New York State has been moved up a month to February 5th and so that means the deadline to register to vote is tomorrow.

The Voter Assistance Commission is partnering with the City Council and community boards throughout the 5 boroughs and reminding New Yorkers of the new ...

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Obama Greeted by Large Crowds in NJ

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Supporters waited outside for hours, but at least it was unseasonably warm. WNYC’s Fred Mogul was there.

The lines wrapped around much of the campus of St. Peter’s College and when the fire marshal declared the gymnasium full, more than a thousand people were left outside.

Obama highlighted his strong showing in ...

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Spitzer Vows to Meet Lawmakers with an Open Hand

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Governor Spitzer delivered his 2nd annual State of the State address to the legislature yesterday.

He told lawmakers he would meet them with “an open hand” and “an open door” and he tried to make amends for the rocky start he got off to. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

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City Tries Proactive Approach to Rat Extermination

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The city Health Department is taking a new approach to an old problem. In an effort to rid the city of rats -- or at least seriously limit their numbers -- health officials are testing a program to "proactively" examine infested neighborhoods.

REPORTER: Assistant Commissioner for Environmental Policy, Dan Kass, says ...

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Warning Sirens Could Be Finished Soon

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The owner of the Indian Point nuclear reactors in Westchester County says the long-delayed power plant's emergency siren system could be completed by midsummer.

Entergy Nuclear says the system would also be reviewed and approved by the new proposed deadline of August 14th.

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Clinton and McCain Win in New Hampshire

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

New York Senator Hillary Clinton stunned the political world last night when she won New Hampshire with 39 percent of the vote to Illinois Senator Barack Obama’s 36 percent. Just five days earlier a third place Iowa finish threw her campaign into a tailspin.

Meanwhile Arizona Senator John McCain handily beat ...

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CEO Of City's World Trade Center Insurance Fund Steps Down

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

The city is saying only that it “regrets” the resignation of Christine LaSala as president and CEO of the World Trade Center Captive Insurance fund… and she isn’t commenting, either.

The federal government established the fund in 2002 to defend the city from lawsuits related to the aftermath of the September ...

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Central Europe Between the World Wars

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

"Foto Modernity in Central Europe 1918 - 1945," which closes on Monday at the Guggenheim Museum, is one of the most talked about photography exhibitions of the year. WNYC’s Benjamin Walker makes the case for a last chance visit.

More on the exhibit

Guest Guide Bela ...

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FDNY Lieutenant Martinson Laid to Rest

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

His friends called him Johnny Nice Guy - to others, he was Lieutenant John Martinson, the firefighter who was laid to rest in Staten Island yesterday. Martinson was killed in a fire set accidentally by a 6-year-old in a Crown Heights hi-rise last week.

REPORTER: As thousands of firefighters stood at ...

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Corzine Called for Incremental Toll Hikes

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

New Jersey's Governor Jon Corzine got a thumbs-up from his legislative democratic leadership for his ambitious plan to reduce the states multi-billion dollar debt, and fund infrastructure rehab. Now he has to sell it to the voters. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more on the plan.

First off, it's complicated. The governor ...

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Philippe de Montebello Announces Retirement from the Met

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Philippe de Montebello, spent thirty years as the head of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He announced late yesterday that he was leaving his position as the museum's director. Under his reign, the number of visitors expanded to 4.6 million last year, making it the city’s most popular tourist destination.

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