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MTA in Albany Urging Rescue Plan

Thursday, March 05, 2009

By the end of this month, commuters and straphangers should know how much more it will cost to get in and out of New York City. MTA officials are back in Albany this morning where they are trying to hash out an agreement on a ...

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Brain Docs Debate Memory Drugs

Thursday, March 05, 2009

It's a truism for most of us that if you live long enough, your mind starts to go. But only recently have neurologists begun to understand how memory loss works. Much of this knowledge has emerged while studying Alzheimer's Disease leading some researchers to wonder ...

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Teachers Rally for Fair Share

Thursday, March 05, 2009

The city's biggest unions are urging lawmakers to avoid cutting healthcare and school programs as they try to balance looming budget deficits. Thousands flooded the streets of downtown this evening to rally against such cuts, saying the governor and the mayor should tax the wealthiest ...

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Armory Arts Week Takes Over New York

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Armory Arts Week is a city-wide biggest contemporary art fair, with galleries from around the world packed into Pier 92 and 94, looking to sell new work. It's a way to ogle great artwork, and as critic Carolina Miranda tells us, it offers great people-watching ...

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125,000 in NYC Lose Jobs in Last Six Months

Thursday, March 05, 2009

More than 125,000 New Yorkers lost their jobs in the last half year. That's according to the latest state labor department figures. The unemployment rate saw the largest two-month increase in two decades. Almost 4000 job-seekers were feeling those numbers today, at a job fair ...

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Fewer Homeless on City Streets

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

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The city says a group of volunteers counting the homeless on a cold night in February found just over 2300 people. That's a 30 percent drop compared to last year. Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs says the results are counter-intuitive, given the economic crisis. But she says people living on the streets are typically not the ones who've lost jobs or homes.

GIBBS: While there are clearly economic issues, it is more fundamentally about the underlying untreated mental illness and substance abuse that most often occurs.

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Training Plan to Combat Nursing Shortage

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Amy Smith, a recent graduate of a CUNY Nursing Program spoke at St. Vincent's Hospital today to support the partnership between CUNY and New York City Hospitals.

Amy Smith, a recent graduate of a CUNY Nursing Program spoke at St. Vincent\'s Hospital today to support the partnership between CUNY and New York City Hospitals.

New York City needs more nurses. Due to a growing and aging population, city officials project a shortage of 7,000 nurses in 2020. Yet 575 qualified applicants were turned away from city nursing schools last year because the schools themselves are short-staffed. Speaking at Saint Vincent's Hospital in Greenwich Village today, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says that in this economy, we should be filling all vacancies.

QUINN: 'These are 575 New Yorkers who want to be nurses, who are ready to work, and may not be working now because we didn't have the proper resources to train them.'

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Today in History: FDR's Inaugural

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

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March 4, 1933

This great nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper.

So first of all let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.

In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.

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NY Assembly Mull Repeal of Drug Laws

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The New York Assembly is poised to pass a repeal of the state's drug laws, ending the 36-year-old mandatory sentencing requirements of the Rockefeller Drug laws. While they've gradually been relaxed in the past five years, today's bill would give judges the discretion to sentence ...

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Increased Oversight in Federal Contracts

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Bipartisanship was on display this morning at the White House. With his former opponent, Senator John McCain at his side, President Obama signed a memorandum changing the way government buys goods and services. The administration says new oversight and more competitive bidding will save the ...

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Young Poets Face Off in Slam

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Young poets are taking their craft to the stage. Last night, 14 young spoken-word artists faced off in the annual New York Knicks Poetry Slam.

One finalist was 17-year-old Elton Ferdinand from the High School for Public Service in Brooklyn. His poem was about how his ...

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NYers Living 15 Months Longer

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg released numbers today from his "Take Care New York" health program, which set out 10 public health goals in 2004. He says fewer New Yorkers are using tobacco, more have regular doctors and more are getting screened for colon cancer.

REPORTER: Life expectancy for ...

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When a House is in Danger of No Longer Being a Home

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

How the government plans to help homeowners in trouble.

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Totally Rad: Making the Ordinary Extraordinary

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Designer Karim Rashid is fascinated by everyday objects. He’s designed everything from fashion to furniture. But what’s on Rashid’s mind these days? Radiators.

RASHID: For example we’re sitting in my apt right now, all the the radiators are hidden and they are kind of atrocious.

But Rashid ...

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City to Train More Nurses

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Making good on a promise to combat the city's nursing shortage, Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced a plan to train more people to become nurses. Speaking at Saint Vincent's Hospital in Greenwich Village, Quinn says she's reached a deal with local hospitals to send 10 ...

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State Senators Seek Balance Over Bridge Tolls

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The fight over the tolls hinges on the state senate, where Democrats are hanging on to a one seat majority. WNYC's Matthew Scheurman looks at three Democrats trying to find a way to support the bill.

REPORTER: The three Democrats won seats from Republicans last November, ...

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Deputy Mayor Foils Muggers

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Add law enforcement to Deputy mayor Ed Skyler's list of duties. Skyler helped a woman retrieve a cell phone that had been stolen from her by a group of teenagers.

He was on his way to dinner last night, near 48th and Sixth, when he saw ...

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Drop in Homeless Living on Streets

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The city says a group of volunteers counting the homeless on a cold night in February found just over 2300 people. That's a 30 percent drop compared to last year. Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs says the results are counter-intuitive, given the economic crisis. But she ...

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Skelos: Republicans Will Oppose MTA Plan

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

State Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos says no Republican will vote for the MTA rescue plan. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: While some New York City Democrats have been expressing concerns about the proposed tolls on the East River Bridges, Skelos says Republicans object to ...

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NY Comptroller Faults Medicaid Payment System

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Millions of New York's Medicaid dollars are being wasted on people who also receive Medicaid from other states. That's according to a new audit from State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

The audit found that both state and city Medicaid officials had not kept up with investigations, or ...

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