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Hospitals Pledge to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Thirty-five of the city’s largest public and private hospitals are joining Mayor Bloomberg’s effort to reduce carbon emissions. Rohit Aggarwala is spear-heading the initiative, which has already launched programs for Broadway theaters and university campuses. He says the hospitals account for about two percent of ...

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Carlyle Group Agrees to Pay Millions in Pension Fund Scandal

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Carlyle Group, one of the country's largest private equity funds, has agreed to pay $20 million over its role in a corruption scandal involving New York's public pension fund.

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says the company has also agreed to limit campaign contributions ...

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Sandra Barkley v. United Homes

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A Brooklyn homeowner sues a “one stop shop” for mortgage fraud. Guest: WNYC’s Ailsa Chang.

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"Gee, I Wish He Were a Democrat"

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Former Mayor David Dinkins endorses Mayoral Candidate William Thompson on the steps of city hall

Former Mayor David Dinkins endorses Mayoral Candidate William Thompson


Former Mayor David Dinkins is endorsing his friend City Comptroller Bill Thompson, the leading Democratic challenger ...

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Poll Finds New Yorkers Split on Mayor's Impact on Schools

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The new Marist Poll breaks down New Yorkers' opinions on the way Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been handling the public school system, and both supporters and opponents of Bloomberg can find plenty of ammunition.

Overall, 51 percent of registered voters approve of the way Bloomberg is running the schools compared to 41 percent who don't, and 8 percent who are unsure. Republicans are more inclined to support the mayor's handling of the schools than Democrats (53 percent to 47 percent). Queens voters gave him the highest marks (58 percent approve) while Bronx voters gave him the lowest (42 percent approve).

The poll gets more interesting when you look at how voters responded to this question: "Do you think the New York City public schools have gotten better, gotten worse, or stayed about the same since Michael Bloomberg became mayor?"

This time, 36 percent said the schools had improved, 20 percent said they'd gotten worse, 33 percent said they'd stayed the same, and 11 percent were unsure. Not a clear referendum at all. Among parents, the results were almost equally mixed with 40 percent saying the schools had gotten better, 22 percent saying they'd gotten worse, and 35 percent saying they'd stayed the same; 3 percent were unsure.

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Banker Appointed to Lead Housing Authority

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A former Lehman Brothers banker has been appointed to lead the New York City Housing Authority. Mayor Bloomberg says John Rhea's 20-year career in the private sector would equip him to increase transparency and secure the authority's finances. Rhea acknowledges he has no housing experience, ...

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The University of Trash

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Composting could be a class at the University of Trash. The experimental university, an art project at the Sculpture Center in Long Island City, relies on the public to propose its curriculum. The University of Trash is what artists Michael Cataldi and Nils Norman call ...

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A University of Trash for All

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Students are counting the days 'til the end of the school year but at the Sculpture Center in Long Island City, the school year's just beginning.

This past weekend, the Sculpture Center opened the “University of Trash”, and the public's invited to propose the classes on ...

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Assembly Passes Same-Sex Marriage Bill, but Senate in Doubt

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The future of the effort to legalize gay marriage in New York now lies in the closely-divided State Senate. The Senate takes up the measure that was passed yesterday in the Assembly.

REPORTER: Governor Paterson, who introduced the same sex marriage bill, says he's hopeful

PATERSON: I'm ...

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State Confirms a Dozen More Swine Flu Cases

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Health officials say New York state has 12 more cases of swine flu, bringing the total confirmed to 208.

Health Commissioner Doctor Richard Daines says the latest cases include six inside New York city, where the number of confirmed cases stands at 164, and six outside ...

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Marriage Bill Heads to Senate

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The New York State Assembly has approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. Last night's vote was 89-to-52. But the measure remains stalled in the State Senate. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: The sponsor of the bill in the Assembly, Danny O'Donnell, debated while ...

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Paterson Calls for Resignation of Public Intergrity Commission

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Governor Paterson is calling for the resignation of all 13 members of the state's Public Integrity Commission, following a blistering report from the state Inspector General that says the commission's executive director broke state law during the investigation into the Spitzer Administration's Troopergate scandal. The ...

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Gay Marriage Supporters Air Ad

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

With a gay marriage bill now before a divided New York senate, opponents and supporters are gearing up to sway members to their side. The Empire State Pride Agenda, which advocates for same sex marriage, released a commercial today in Albany, Syracuse and Buffalo.

AD: "Our ...

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What One Stop Shops Don't Tell Homebuyers

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Purchasing a home can be a daunting process. First you need to find the right real estate agent and then right property. Then you need to line up the financing, secure an inspection and get an appraisal. Normally, each of these steps requires a separate ...

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Plans to Auction Take-Off Slots Dropped

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Obama administration is abandoning a controversial plan to auction take-off and landing slots at New York's airports. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

The slots are normally distributed on a case-by-case basis and then kept indefinitely by the airline. But the Bush administration had proposed auctioning off ...

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NYU Makes Room for Pre-K

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

New York University is offering to make room for up to four classes of pre-k students, to help free up space in downtown Manhattan's public schools.

There are currently 90 students on the waiting list for kindergarten at two public schools in Greenwich Village, and the ...

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Some Shoppers Oblivious to Tax Exemptions

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

To balance next year's budget Mayor Bloomberg has proposed ending the sales tax exemption for shoes and clothing. That's sparked a debate among policymakers but the discussion is passing shoppers by. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: Since 2006, there's been no tax on clothing and ...

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Emergency Drill at WTC Planned for Sunday

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Hundreds of responders will stage an emergency drill this weekend at the World Trade Center site.

The drill on Sunday morning will simulate a response to an explosion in the PATH commuter rail tunnel between the Trade Center and New Jersey.

Officials say there will be no ...

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FDNY Commissioner Under Fire

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Firefighters protest fire house closures outside City Hall

Firefighters protest fire house closures outside City Hall

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta says he'll be forced to close 16 firehouses unless the firefighters union agrees to reduce staff at 60 engine companies. Scoppetta says ...

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Is Weiner Running a Rosie Ruiz Strategy?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Digesting Politics

Brian Lehrer thinks...maybe. Andrea Bernstein tells how Bloomberg in 2005 made a daily drop of negative information to reporters de rigeur. And find out what Bob Hennelly's favorite sandwich is....all on the inaugural 2009 'Digesting Politics.' We're back!

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