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Council Members Concerned With New Cuts in Police and Education

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wall Street's slide has prompted the Bloomberg Administration's call for hundreds of millions of dollars in mid-year spending cuts. So far the City Council is most concerned about the impact cuts would have on the Police Department and public schools. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Council member Peter Vallone of ...

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Another Volatile Day on Wall Street

Thursday, September 25, 2008

It was another volatile day on the stock market, with the Dow Industrial Average closing a half hour ago down 29 points, or 0.3 percent. The NASDAQ composite index increased 2.35, or 0.1 percent, to 2,155.68, led by a rally in chipmakers.

In Washington, DC, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told ...

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Brooklyn Community Leaders React to Taser Death

Thursday, September 25, 2008

State Sen. Eric Adams is a frequent critic of the NYPD.

He says it's one thing to discipline individual police officers but the problem of how to interact with the mentally ill is system-wide.

ADAMS: We don't have an effective policy in the city and state of New York of how to ...

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Largest Gathering of Poets in the Nation

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival is a diverse, dizzying array of verse that draws thousands of people to western New Jersey. Jim Haba, poet, professor and director of the four-day festival says being a poet in America can be a lonely enterprise, but that the festival provides an intersection ...

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Lawmakers Reach Agreement in Principle on Wall Street Bailout

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Some of the provisions they've agreed on include oversight by Congress, limits on executives' pay, and an installment plan for $700 billion.

New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney sits on the House Financial Services Committee. She says the money Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is requesting is a tremendous figure, so the new ...

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Photographer Catherine Opie at the Guggenheim

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Photographer Catherine Opie is known for high personal photographs of gay, lesbian and transgender Americans. But a mid-career retrospective of her work also includes a large number of landscape photographs. Opie explains for how all of the work is connected.

OPIE: Even though sometimes with certain bodies of work I might ...

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Indictments of Traffickers Gets Weapons off Street

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Five men accused of selling thousands of dollars of illegal weapons to undercover NYPD detectives are under indictment.

Queens District Attorney Robert Browne says the indictments will ultimately make New York safer.

BROWNE: Illegal hand guns exact a deadly toll. Last year for example in Queens, 60% of our homicides were a ...

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Poll Shows Races Tighten for Control of State Senate

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The chamber is currently split, 31-to-30. A two-vote swing would give Democrats their first State Senate majority in more than four decades.

The Siena poll focuses on six races. One of the tightest in the state is in the Ozone Park area of Queens, between 10 term incumbent, Serphin Maltese, a ...

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New York Film Festival Kicks Off Friday

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The New York Film Festival is a curated, boutique festival showing 28 films from 18 countries. Film critic Nathan Lee joined Richard Hake to discuss what's hot this year.

More from Nathan Lee on Art.Cult

More on the New York Film Fest

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Bloomberg Orders More Budget Cuts

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Bloomberg Administration is asking all City agencies to make hundreds of millions of dollars in spending cuts for the current fiscal year. And as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, even more pain is in store for next year.

REPORTER: City Budget Director Mark Page says Wall Streets slide and the global ...

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Corzine to Introduce Ethics Reforms

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine wants to reduce the influence of money on the state's political system. Today he plans to announce a broad package of ethics reforms, some of which would be done through executive order, while others would need legislative approval. This is according to a report by ...

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Armory Show Explores 'Democracy in America'

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

"Democracy in America" — it's a big agenda and it's also the title of a show up this week at the Park Avenue Armory. There's work from more than 40 artists — taking on the political issues of our time. WNYC's Siddhartha Mitter checked it out and has this report.

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Landing Pads for Company Executives Flourish

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Laid off Wall Street executives don't just stand in line at the unemployment office. Their employers sometimes include "transition services" as part of a severance package. As WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports, the companies behind these services have flourished as the economy has worsened.

REPORTER: These high-end placement firms provide an office, ...

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Homeless Reduction Falls Short of City's Goal

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Bloomberg administration is coming under pressure for failing to meet its goal of reducing homelessness by more than 60 percent by 2009. So far, shelter numbers have dropped 9 percent - that's less than 4,000 people. During a hearing yesterday, City Councilman Bill de Blasio told Homeless Services Commissioner ...

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MTA Says No More Free Passes On Bridges And Tunnels

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The authority's full board approved a measure revoking the practice of giving government agencies and departments free EZ-Passes.

The MTA says it will bring in $10 million it can use to plug its budget deficit. But Mark Page, one of Mayor Bloomberg's representatives to the MTA board, says the move will ...

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Local Governments Feel the Budget Pinch

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wall Street's woes are hitting New York City and New York State budgets hard. But as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, the toll on smaller local governments is every bit as serious.

REPORTER: Local towns and school districts throughout the state depend on property taxes. So the slide in real estate comes ...

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Mayor Says City Employees Should Survive Wall Street Fall

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg says there's no telling how far Wall Street might fall, but he thinks the city can weather the storm with a combination of spending cuts and, possibly, property tax increases.

BLOOMBERG: I don't think we will get to the point of layoffs. I don't think that the cuts that ...

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Met Opera Kicks Off New Season

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Metropolitan Opera kicked off its 125th season in style last night. The opera diva Renee Fleming performed scenes from Verdi, Massenet and Strauss. She wore costumes designed by Christian Lacroix, and Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel.

The Met broadcast the performance on screens in Times Square and Fordham University’s Lincoln Center ...

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New York Doctor Wins Genius Grant

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A local doctor who studies ways to slow and reverse the spread of infectious diseases, such as AIDS and tuberculosis, has received a genius grant from the John D and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation — one of 25 recipients of the prestigious award this year. Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr works in ...

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City Settles Final Gun Lawsuit

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The last hold out of 27 gun dealers the Bloomberg Administration sued has settled.

The agreement mirrors settlements with other out-of-state gun dealers from Georgia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Ohio.

Under the settlement terms gun dealers will go beyond enforcing existing law and adopt so-called 'Industry Best" practices. Those include videotaping all ...

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