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Gay Marriage Bill Likely to Come up in State Senate

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Newly elected state Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith says it's only a matter of time before a bill to legalize gay marriage comes up for discussion.

REPORTER: The Queens Democrat says most likely it'll be legislation sponsored by Manhattan Senator Tom Duane.

SMITH: So I imagine at an appropriate time Senator Duane ...

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City, Daycare Workers in Pay Negotiations

Friday, January 09, 2009

Days after a year-end deadline, the city and the state are still negotiating pay raises for more than 27,000 daycare workers. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports:

REPORTER: The United Federation of Teachers represents these workers who provide daycare to low income families. Their average pay is less than $20,000 a year. The ...

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Latino Evangelical Leaders to Address Deportation

Friday, January 09, 2009

A group of Latino evangelical leaders is set to address the issue of immigrant deportation at a gathering in East Harlem tomorrow. Reverend Gavriel Salguero, pastor of the Lamb's Church on the Lower East Side, says US citizens and legal permanent residents will be submitting petitions on behalf of family ...

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MTA Highlights Green Agenda, Seeks Federal Stimulus

Friday, January 09, 2009

Governors, state highway departments and city transit agencies are all trying to convince the Obama administration to fund their projects. MTA officials were among those in Washington yesterday seeking funds. Manhattan Congressman Jerrold Nadler says the Obama stimulus bill will need some adjustments if it's to include the MTA.

NADLER: Mass ...

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Notorious B.I.G., Now Bigger on the Silver Screen

Friday, January 09, 2009

Notorious B.I.G. was one of hip hop's most influential artists. His meteoric rise in the rap scene was stopped short when he was murdered in 1997, three years after releasing his debut album. Now his life is up on the big screen, in a bio-pic called "Notorious" opening next Friday.

The ...

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Christie to Run for NJ Gov

Friday, January 09, 2009

Democrats have held New Jersey's governor's office for nearly a decade, but Republican leaders believe they have someone who can break that streak.

Former federal prosecutor Chris Christie, who built a reputation as a political corruption-buster during seven years as U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, says he will seek the state's ...

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Pension Costs for NYC Muni Workers Keep Rising

Friday, January 09, 2009

A new study finds that New York City pays an average of $107,000 per municipal worker in wages and benefits. The Citizens Budget Commission says that figure has grown by 63 percent since 2000. WNYC's Lisa Chow reports.

REPORTER: The commission says paying out pension benefits are costing the city more ...

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Real Estate, Soured

Friday, January 09, 2009

Deflation hits Manhattan apartments and an Atlantic Yards developer looks to economize.

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NYPD Relents, Gives Press Credentials to Bloggers

Friday, January 09, 2009

The New York Police Department has finally relented, and has issued press credentials to three bloggers. Two months after they had filed a federal lawsuit, Rafael Martinez Alequin, David Wallis and Ralph Smith were given press identification cards. Their attorney, Norman Siegel, was with them at One Police Plaza.

SIEGEL: They ...

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Budget Forces Changes to Nets Arena

Friday, January 09, 2009

One of the biggest boosters of the planned basketball arena for the Nets says he's not worried about possible design changes to make it less expensive to build. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz says the arena at the Atlantic Yards will still resemble architect, Frank Gehry's original design.

MARKOWITZ: There ...

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World Music Descends on NYC

Friday, January 09, 2009

Sunday night at Webster Hall - it's New York's annual sneak peak at bands that could be on the verge of international fame. Global Fest brings together 12 world music acts on three stages.

And WNYC's Rob Weisberg has his picks for the best in the bunch, including this band, La ...

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Where Many See Toxic Assets, Some See Opportunity

Friday, January 09, 2009

Everybody knows the story by now. Millions of bad mortgage loans started a chain reaction which brought down financial institutions all over the world. And these loans are still creating huge losses for U.S. banks. Yet, some investors are jumping at the opportunity to buy these loans. WNYC's Lisa Chow ...

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Mumbai Attacks Seen as Model for Future Terrorism

Friday, January 09, 2009

Anti-terrorism officials told Congress the deadly attacks in Mumbai, India - which left 164 dead and nearly 300 wounded - may have provided a blueprint for other violent groups.

The FBI's chief intelligence officer told a Senate hearing yesterday that the attacks last November showed that well-trained assailants with simple weapons ...

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Port Auth. to Post Inspections for Airports and Facilities

Thursday, January 08, 2009

The Port Authority will announce today that it's voluntarily posting information about how well its airports and other facilities fare in building and fire inspections.

Because it's a state agency, the Port Authority is exempt from local building regulations. But in an effort to improve transparency, the New York and New ...

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Healthy Compensation for NYC Civil Servants

Thursday, January 08, 2009

A new study finds civil servants with six-figure compensation packages are the norm in New York City with firefighters making, on average, $186,000 a year, and police officers, $164,000. The study, by the Citizens Budget Commission, says the average city worker's salary and benefits has ballooned 63 percent since fiscal ...

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NYC Tax Revenues Turnaround in 2011

Thursday, January 08, 2009

New York City's tax revenues are likely to be sharply down this year, by some 7.5 percent and a new study by the Independent Budget Office says the city is unlikely to start seeing a turnaround until 2011, a year after the rest of the country. The IBO says the ...

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Mayor: Obama Stimulus May Not Help in Short-Term

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg is sounding a note of caution about President-elect Obama's proposed economic stimulus plan, saying it may not do enough to help those who need the money most. Obama laid out goals of doubling the production of alternative energy over three years, updating most federal buildings to improve energy ...

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Why Servicers Matter

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Columbia profs cook up a mortgage-foreclosure plan.

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Paterson: Health Care a Top Priority for State

Thursday, January 08, 2009

PATERSON: Now let’s just stop right here. Let’s forget about the State of the State. I’m talking to you.

HOST: Governor Paterson used several minutes in his hour-long address to make one particular health care issue a top priority. WNYC’s Fred Mogul explains.

REPORTER: Paterson used his pulpit to preach about childhood ...

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Paterson on Kennedy as NY Senator

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Governor Paterson spoke publicly for the first time about what he liked, and didn't like, about Caroline Kennedy, as a possible replacement for Senator Hillary Clinton. Paterson spoke with WOR's Joan Hamburg:

PATERSON: Caroline Kenney obviously does have a tremendous relationship with the president and that's certianly a plus. She does ...

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