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Senator Gillibrand Meets with Lobbyists -- and Tells Us!

Monday, March 16, 2009

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In an early meeting with journalists after her appointment, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand noted she was among the first members of Congress to post her schedule -- including meetings with lobbyists and so-called 'private meetings' -- on the internet. She's barely got a website up and running (spokesman Matt Canter says a more complete one is coming within the week). But we asked anyway, who has she met with? (We were curious if anyone was lobbying her on the stimulus funding, and our interest was piqued by the conspicuous presence of former Senator Alfonse D'Amato, who IS lobbying on stimulus funding, , at the press conference announcing Gillibrand's appointment.) Canter sent us over this list -- anything on it look interesting to you?

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Yes, Virginia. There is a Ticket Quota.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Paul Bacon, writer, scuba instructor, and author of Bad Cop: New York's Least Likely Police Officer Tells All (Bloomsbury USA, 2009), talks to Brian Lehrer about ticket quotas, stop-and-frisk, who should not consider joining the force and more.

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Today in History: Terry Anderson

Monday, March 16, 2009

Terry Anderson

On March 16, 1985, Terry Anderson, an Associated Press bureau chief, was taken hostage in Beirut, Lebanon. He was held captive for over six years by Hezbollah. Of all the hostages, Anderson was held the longest. Here he is ...

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MTA Alert: Delays in 1,2,3,4 and 5 Trains

Monday, March 16, 2009

A water main break in lower Manhattan is causing subway and traffic disruptions. The break occurred on Varick Street about 12:20 p.m. and is causing delays on the Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 5 subway lines. The Department of Environmental Protection says it has shut off water in the area. Two lanes have been closed to traffic while crews work on the problem.

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First News Subway Station Opens in 20 Years

Monday, March 16, 2009

southferryGovernor Paterson joined officials this morning for the opening of the first new subway station in 20 years. The new South Ferry Station at the southern end of the number 1 line will be able to accommodate all 10 cars ...

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YUEI: Small Business Insurance

Monday, March 16, 2009

'Direct Pay' refers to the premiums paid by individual purchasers of insurance.

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Premiums (average - aggregate all policies) have steadily increased.

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Profits, as a ...

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Some Parents Angry Over Plans for New Charter School

Monday, March 16, 2009

Some East New York parents are angry plans to open a charter school in a regular public school building. PS 65 is moving to a new location this fall.

REPORTER: Darma Diaz, a founder of the Cypress Hills Advocates for Education, says there were plans to ...

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Elevate the Fed?

Monday, March 16, 2009

Should we have a “systemic regulator”, and should it be the Federal Reserve? Guest: Michael Greenberger, University of Maryland.

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Unemployed Lawyer? Come Volunteer for the City

Monday, March 16, 2009

Out of work? got a law degree and three years of experience? Well, the city has a deal for you: come work for free, get some experience and avoid a gap on your resume.

The City's Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo says the law department has been ...

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Opponents of Bloomberg 3rd Term Try New Tack

Monday, March 16, 2009

Opponents of Mayor Bloomberg's bid for a 3rd term are trying a new tactic to block him from running.

REPORTER: They are asking the Department of Justice to reject the new extended term limits law because they say it does not comply with the federal voting ...

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Late But Not Lost, New South Ferry Subway Station Opens

Monday, March 16, 2009

Today, a familiar cry at the southern end of the Number 1 subway line will cease at last.

A new, longer South Ferry station means that conductors no longer have to tell passengers to move to the first five cars to get out. Federal September 11 ...

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Cuomo Demands to See AIG Contracts

Monday, March 16, 2009

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has issued subpoenas to AIG, demanding that the troubled insurance firm detail who is getting big bonuses. Cuomo also wants to see the contracts that supposedly force AIG to make good on executive bonuses. He told reporters in a ...

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Peter's Place, Refuge for NYC's Homeless Elderly, Is Closing

Monday, March 16, 2009

After 16 years in service, the city’s only place of respite for homeless senior citizens is closing in June. Peter’s Place serves about 180 people a day. Their average age is just under 70.

This so-called drop-in center offers hot meals, showers and help with finding ...

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Bloomberg: Fifth-Tier Pension "Only Logical Solution"

Monday, March 16, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg says the city's pension costs are getting out of control. According to the mayor, pension costs will grow from $6.3 billion this year to $9.6 billion in seven years - a 50 percent increase.

BLOOMBERG: The only logical solution is a fifth tier for ...

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Sen. Gillibrand Gets Behind Paycheck Fairness Act

Monday, March 16, 2009

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined with women's activists today to call for passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act. The legislation would protect women who seek to learn the salaries of male co workers, and would increase penalties for employers who don't provide equal pay.

REPORTER: According to ...

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Planned Hudson Train Tunnel Gets First Contract Bids

Sunday, March 15, 2009

A planned new train tunnel under the Hudson River has gotten its first contracts for bids. The $8.7 billion project is expected to double train capacity into and out of Manhattan and generate 6,000 construction-related jobs. It's expected to be completed by 2017. The contracts ...

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City Marks Anniversary of Crane Collapse

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The city is marking the first anniversary of a crane collapse that demolished a town house and killed seven people. Survivors and elected officials are expected to hold a vigil this afternoon. A city report concluded Wednesday that workers used the wrong kind of slings ...

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Rell Says Connecticut Funds Contain Less Money Than Democrats Hope

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell says there's far less money available to tap from a $1.5 billion collection of state funds than Democratic lawmakers had first hoped. Lawmakers had planned to take 220 million dollars to help cover the current fiscal year's 1.2 billion-dollar budget deficit. ...

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Paterson Disputes Reports on Free Pollution Credits

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Paterson Administration is denying reports that the governor promised to give electric power companies free pollution credits. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: The Paterson Administration is trying to mollify environmentalists concerned that the Governor has become too cozy with power companies. At issue is ...

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Schumer Wants Investigation of New York Electricity Rates

Sunday, March 15, 2009

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer wants an investigation into what he says are unnecessarily high electricity rates in New York since the industry was deregulated a decade ago. The New York Democrat cites a recent report that says New Yorkers pay about 10 percent more than ...

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