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Operation Clean Bay

Thursday, February 05, 2009

The National Park Service runs a program that rescues abandoned boats from the Jamaica Bay and tows them to Floyd Bennett Field. The discarded boats can be a real environmental bad trip -- spilling all sorts of fuel and harmful chemicals into local ...

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Shining a Light on Congressman Rangel's Records

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Congressman Charlie Rangel and his taxes are in the news again.

A new report from the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation finds Rangel had at least 28 omissions in his taxes over the past 30 years. It also found that assets would appear or ...

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Source of Manhattan Maple Syrup Smell Revealed!

Thursday, February 05, 2009

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Mayor Bloomberg says sleuths from agencies in the city and New Jersey have identified the source of the mysterious maple syrup smell that would pop up from time to time, usually on the Upper West Side. The source: a facility in Hudson County ...

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FAA Releases Tapes from Flight 1549

Thursday, February 05, 2009

The FAA released tapes and transcripts of tower communications with US Airways flight 1549 that made an emergency landing in the Hudson on January 15, 2009. Most of the communications with the pilot are contained in the tape and transcript for New York Tracon.

New York Tracon (note: raw audio, ...

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Stimulus Bill Brings Windfall to a Troubled Transit Project

Thursday, February 05, 2009

The Senate continues to debate the federal stimulus bill in Washington today. If it passes in much the same form as it did in the House last week, the MTA stands to receive about $2 billion for capital projects. WNYC’s Matthew Schuerman looks at one ...

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New York Flight

Thursday, February 05, 2009

A new report finds that, even as New York City's population is growing, its middle-class is shrinking.

The think tank, Center for an Urban Future, says more people left the city for places like Philadelphia, Charlotte, even Allentown, in each of the years between 2002 and ...

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What Smells In New York?

Thursday, February 05, 2009

The source of that maple syrupy-smell that has troubled Upper West Siders, and confounded city environmental officials, since October, 2005, has been found.

Mayor Bloomberg says it comes from Fruitarom, a New Jersey company that turns fenugreek seeds into food additives.

The mayor says Fruitarom is not ...

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NYC Teachers Want Less Mayoral Control

Thursday, February 05, 2009

City teachers are sending a strong message to Albany: They want the law granting Mayor Bloomberg control over city schools to be weakened when it comes up for renewal this June. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Delegates to the United Federation of Teachers voted overwhelmingly ...

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Balance Sought Between Energy Efficiency and Profit

Thursday, February 05, 2009

The stimulus package contains billions of dollars in grants for solar and wind power projects. But a provision in the bill to increase energy efficiency has sparked a fight between environmentalists and utilities on one side, and consumer advocates and regulators on the other. WNYC's ...

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The Middleman Gets Cut Out

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Why the number of mortgage brokers is shrinking dramatically.

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Group Hopes to Jump Start 9/11 Health Bill

Thursday, February 05, 2009

A bipartisan group of local representatives is trying to get long-standing World Trade Center health legislation onto the floor of Congress. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

REPORTER: The 9/11 Health and Compensation Act would greatly expand programs for screening and treating people with World Trade Center–related ...

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More Tax Troubles for Rangel

Thursday, February 05, 2009

It's been a bad week for Democrats and their taxes. President Obama lost two nominees this week, including Tom Daschle, the man he hoped would reform our nation's health care.

Now we are learning the latest about Congressman Charles Rangel's tax problems. The Harlem Representative has ...

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Financing New York's Elections

Thursday, February 05, 2009

The mayoral election process won't get underway until July, when petitions to get on the primary ballot are due but Mayor Bloomberg is already facing questions about how he'll finance his bid for a third term.

Reporters asked the mayor if he'd cap his campaign spending ...

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Joe Ades, "Gentleman Peeler," Dead at 75

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Joe Ades, a familiar fixture at the Union Square Green Market where he sold Swiss vegetable peelers for $5 a pop, died Sunday. He was 75. A quick search on Flickr gives one an idea of his ubiquity.

 

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The MTA Head and His Aging Doohickey

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

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MTA chief Lee Sander has a nifty little gimmick he employs whenever he speaks in public these days. It's a crusty, cylindrical device that he hefts up in the air whenever he needs to impress upon people just how decrepit our subway system is. Sander spoke at an event organized by the Greater New York Construction User Council.

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Stimulus $$: Numbers by State

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Wondering what’s in the stimulus bill? So were we. So here’s a table from the HOUSE appropriations committee on the spending THEY allocated. Of course, the Senate is working on massaging the numbers as we speak, but if you want to use an accurate working number, here you go:

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Report: Immigration Enforcement Raised Quota, Raided Non-Criminals

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Ever since federal authorities increased efforts to deport criminal illegal immigrants advocates have complained the raids were sweeping up lots of people who posed no threat. And a recent report backs up that claim. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez has more.

REPORTER: The Immigration Justice Clinic at Cardozo ...

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Stimulus Package Could Boost Community Policing

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

The federal stimulus bill could bring hundreds of additional police officers to New York City at a time when it's planning to cut one thousand from its force. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: The House version includes a federal Community Policing Services provision, or COPS ...

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Dimon: Banks Are Lending, Not Money Market

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

JPMorgan Chase's CEO says his bank is lending despite this tough economic environment, and blames the credit crisis on nervous investors. WNYC's Lisa Chow reports.

REPORTER: Jamie Dimon, the head of JPMorgan, says banks are lending even if they're tightening their credit standards. So if banks ...

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City Announces New Construction Safety Measures

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

A $4 million analysis of construction safety is complete, and officials say it'll change the way high-risk construction is regulated and carried out in New York City. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez has more.

REPORTER: The city commissioned the safety analysis back in April after several high profile ...

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