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Emotional Day in Bell Trial

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

The trial of the 3 officers charged in the death of Sean Bell is now in its 6th week and the last couple days have been particularly dramatic and important.

The prosecution finally brought to the stand the 2 men who were actually in the car ...

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Comptroller Offers Congestion Pricing Fixes

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

City Comptroller Bill Thompson has offered two solutions to nagging complains about Mayor Michael Bloomberg's congestion pricing proposal.

In a letter to Gov. David Paterson, Thompson, a mayoral candidate, recommends that all drivers get three free trips a month into Manhattan's central business district to go ...

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Budget Late in Albany

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Seems like old times in Albany - the budget is late and people are complaining that the negotiations are too secretive. Legislative leaders say the budget should be done by the end of the week.

One significant part of the state budget has been approved - ...

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St. Vincent's Hospital Redevelopment Under Fire

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

The landmarks preservation hearing over what to do with St. Vincent's Hospital in Greenwich Village was an all-day affair. It focused on the plans of the 159-year-old hospital to sell eight of its nine buildings to a private developer.

The money would help St. Vincent's build ...

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Heated Testimony in Bell Shooting Trial

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

There was damaging testimony for the defense today in the trial of three detectives charged in the police shooting of Sean Bell. Joseph Guzman is on the stand being cross-examined now. During direct he described how he was shot 16 times by police as he ...

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NY Drivers Respond to Congestion Pricing Vote

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Drivers are reacting with skepticism following the City Council's approval of congestion pricing.

REPORTER: John Cameron, a field engineer who drives from Manhattan to various parts around the region every day, said the $8 fee would not do much to improve traffic jams.

CAMERON: I don't believe ...

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Truckers Protest on N.J. Turnpike

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Truckers protesting high fuel prices clogged the New Jersey Turnpike this afternoon. A Turnpike spokesman says there were trucks "as far as the eye can see" driving about 20 mph and heading south near Exit 14 in Newark.

He says truckers are also chanting and protesting ...

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Nobel Prize-Winning Bangladeshi Microlender Opens Affiliate in Queens

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

It might surprise some people that a bank from a developing country would open a branch in New York City.

Many people first learned about Bangladesh’s Grameen Bank when the bank and its founder, Muhammad Yunus, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.

Late last year, Grameen ...

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Work Resumes at Trump SoHo

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

REPORTER: The construction site has been plagued with problems. A stop-work order was first issued in January after a concrete slab collapsed killing 1 worker.

The city says inspectors will visit the site daily and the contractor, Bovis Lend Lease, has agreed to increase supervision and ...

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50 Percent of Students Get Top Pick

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Half of New York City students will get into their first choice high school next year.

According to the Department of Education's admission process report, 86 percent of students were admitted to one of their top five choices.

A DOE spokesman says the number of students ...

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Congestion Pricing Plan Approved by City Council in Tight Vote

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

In one of its closest votes ever, the City Council voted last night to support a revised version of Mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan. That plan aims to cut traffic and pollution by compelling more commuters onto mass transit. The money collected by charging drivers ...

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City Opposes DOH Change

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

The city is opposing a bill that would put the Health Department partly in charge of policing restaurants for labor violations.

Labor advocates and almost half the City Council support a proposed law adding fair labor practices to restaurant requirements for licensing and annual re-certification.

Restaurants ...

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Lautenberg Back for More

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenburg, a Democrat, has made it official - he's going to seek a fifth term.

Lautenberg will face a June democratic primary challenge from Morristown Mayor Donald Cresitello, who has called for using local police for immigration enforcement.

At 84, Lautenberg is ...

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Local Politicians React to HUD Resignation

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

The resignation of the federal Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson has some New York politicians expressing relief at his departure.

U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez, who represents the Lower East Side and parts of Brooklyn, accused Jackson of failing to make federal housing vouchers ...

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Sarah Gambito: Poet, Mentor and Teacher

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Sarah is a co-founder and Executive Director of Kundiman, a Filipino term for a patriotic love song, that now represents a network of writers and poets dedicated to the cultivation of new Asian-American writing. Sarah studied Creative Writing at Brown, did a fellowship at the ...

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Paul Simon at BAM

Monday, March 31, 2008

Grammy-award winning singer and songwriter Paul Simon has reinvented himself numerous times over the years. First he was half of a powerhouse, coffeehouse-style singing duo of Simon and Garfunkel. Then he was a singer of rhythmic world music. Later, he became a writer of tunes ...

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Lawmakers Approve Revised Congestion Plan

Monday, March 31, 2008

The state Senate passed a revised version of a congestion pricing bill during this weekend's budget negotiations.

It would require the Port Authority to contribute $1 billion to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's five-year capital plan.

The bill would also require that low-income New Yorkers who qualify for ...

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Full City Council OK's Congestion Pricing

Monday, March 31, 2008

In one of the closest votes ever the city council okayed mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing proposal with 30 votes in favor and 20 opposed.

The vote represents a huge victory for the mayor, as well as his ally, council speaker Christine Quinn. But it is not ...

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City Council Committee Approves Congestion Pricing Proposal

Monday, March 31, 2008

A city council committee has approved the mayor's proposal to charge drivers an 8 dollar fee to enter Manhattan below 60th Street, by a 6 to three vote. It now goes to the full council.

WNYC's Matthew Schuerman is joining us live.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn says ...

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N.J. Farmers Protest Gov. Corzine

Monday, March 31, 2008

New Jersey farmers are fighting Gov. Jon Corzine's proposal to get rid of the state's Agriculture Department.

The administration says the move would save the Garden State $4 million, but critics say it would chase away farmers.

They're planning a protest at the Statehouse tomorrow, featuring farm ...

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