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Council Approves Overhaul of Fire Code

Thursday, May 29, 2008

The City Council has passed the first overhaul of the city's fire code in a century.

It adopts widely recognized regulations known as the International Fire Code. The new guidelines mandate new evacuation plans and private residential developments would be required to provide access roads ...

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Parents Protest Daycare Closings

Thursday, May 29, 2008

As that deadline looms, dozens of daycare workers, parents and elected officials rallied at City Hall yesterday to protest the closing of daycare centers.

They claim the Administration for Children Services does a poor job of tracking enrollment of spots at daycare centers, resulting them ...

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Advocates Rally Against Market Closures

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Food commercial workers and city residents rallied at City Hall yesterday to protest the closings of supermarkets in their neighborhoods.

Bruce Both is president of the United Food and Commercial Workers union. He says the proposed closing of a Key Food in the Soundview section ...

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World Science Festival Underway

Thursday, May 29, 2008

The first ever World Science Festival began yesterday with a summit for top scientists and leaders from the worlds of business and government.

Festival co-founder Brian Greene teaches physics at Columbia University. He says one goal of the festival is to acquaint policymakers and the ...

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Budget Woes Force Housing Authority to Delay Projects

Thursday, May 29, 2008

The city's housing authority said that budget problems have been forcing it to put off capital projects that would modernize and improve public housing developments.

General Manager Douglas Apple told the City Council today that for the past eight years, the New York City Housing Authority ...

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Is New York City Sustainable?

Thursday, May 29, 2008

We all know that using mass transit would reduce your carbon footprint.

But, did you know that city dwellers have smaller carbon footprints than people in rural communities? So says a new report from the Brookings Institution.

With us now is one of the authors of that ...

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An Eye on Elections in Central District

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Next week, New Jersey voters will have to pick from 45 Congressional hopefuls vying for just 13 House seats.

Nowhere is the field more crowded than in New Jersey’s Seventh Congressional district where the Republican incumbent, Mike Ferguson, is retiring.

Two years ago, Ferguson had ...

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Vice President Visits NYC

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Vice President Dick Cheney will join former Mayor Rudy Giuliani at a fundraiser for New York State Republicans in midtown this evening.

The gathering comes as New York Republicans confront a bumpy few years - the defeat of Giuliani's presidential ambitions, Mayor Bloomberg's withdrawal from ...

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Verizon's TV Service Comes to NYC

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Watch out Time Warner and Cablevision, millions of customers will soon have a new option for cable TV in New York.

A city board unanimously approved Verizon's bid to get in the game. The phone giant will soon begin a massive project to make cable and ...

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Kelly Responds to Weekend Gun Violence

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly will discuss last weekend's outbreak of gun violence when he appears before the Citizens Crime Commission.

Over the holiday weekend, five men were fatally shot in the Bronx and another in Brooklyn. Several people were wounded in a Queens incident which ...

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Local Lawmakers Campaign in Puerto Rico

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

As the Democratic presidential nominating contest enters its final days, a group of New York City lawmakers are traveling to Puerto Rico to campaign for Hillary Clinton.

Though the delegate math makes it all but impossible for Senator Clinton to win the nomination, Congresswoman Nydia ...

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Ikea Comes to Red Hook

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

In three weeks time, the Swedish furniture giant Ikea will open its first store ever in New York City. Though millions of New Yorkers know Ikea from trips to outlets in the suburbs outside of New York, WNYC’s Ilya Marritz reports that this store will ...

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Mayor Defends Smoking Ban at Science Summit

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered the keynote address at the World Science Summit this morning, and used the occasion to defend his ban on smoking. He said the scientific data outweighed the criticism he got from the public at the time.

BLOOMBERG: And I can tell you, ...

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National Tap Day Marked

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Sunday was National Tap Day, so tap dancers and their admirers gathered around the US to celebrate the American dance form.

Here in New York, top-hat wearing tappers in sequins remembered tap dancer Jimmy Slyde. Slyde’s career spanned almost six decades. He was known for ...

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Top Official Criticizes Council Spending

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A top city official says if City Council members are concerned about proposed budget cuts for the coming year, they should take a closer look at the discretionary money they’re spending on community programs.

Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Frieden proposed scaling back city funding in ...

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NYPD Consults on Nat'l Conventions

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

WNYC has learned that the Police Department has been consulting with the two cities slated to host this summer's Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

Organizers for this summer's Democratic and Republican National Conventions are studying how police and protesters handled the 2004 RNC here in ...

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Crowds Gather For "Sex and the City" Premiere

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Time to break out your martini shaker, eat a Magnolia cupcake and slip on your Manolo Blahnick's - the "Sex and the City" movie has finally hit the theaters.

Though Manhattan residents have been tripping over the film set for months, an international crowd packed ...

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Customs Officers Arrested in Drug Probe

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Two New York-based Customs and Border Protection officers are among seven people charged in a federal drug probe.

Prosecutors say the group imported hashish and other drugs and contraband into the US through JFK. Those arrested include a Customs supervisor who allegedly accepted and solicited bribes ...

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Council Members Vow to Oppose Bloomberg School Budget Cuts

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

More than 20 council members say they will oppose the Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed budget if he does not restore more than $400 million in school cuts.

At yet another large rally at City Hall, elected officials came together with education activists and parents to protest ...

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MTA Defends Lifetime EZ Passes for Board Members

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is going to court to defend the right of its board members to receive lifetime EZ Passes that permit them to avoid paying bridge and tunnel tolls. The announcement came a day after Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said the free EZ ...

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