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NYS Legislature Misses Budget Deadline

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The State budget will not be on time once again this year after delays and mishaps in the State Senate caused lawmakers to adjourn for the night, after approving just one of nine budget bills. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Voting in the State Senate ...

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Taxi Fee on Table in MTA Bailout

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Lawmakers in Albany are still trying to come up with a way to rescue the MTA, and prevent big fare hikes and service cuts. The latest idea: a 50 cent fee on all cab rides. The news has angered cabbies, who say the fee would ...

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Bloomberg Meets With GOP Leaders

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg continues to work his charm to get on the Republican Party ballot line in November's election, meeting with local, state and national Republicans this evening.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele says the leadership hasn't made a decision yet, but he hasn't forgotten that ...

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DOE Criticized for Out-of-State Contracts

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

City lawmakers say the Department of Education should follow the same standards as other agencies when awarding contracts. At a hearing today, lawmakers criticized the department for taking money away from the city's small businesses in favor of larger out of state companies. But the ...

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Federal Stimulus Increases NY Food Stamps

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Low income New Yorkers are now reaping the benefits of federal stimulus funds. Food stamps went up 13 percent today. That means an additional $40 a month for families like Ann Valdez and her son.

VALDEZ: I guess the best thing I can say is this ...

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Sailing Round Manhattan on the Sludge Boat

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Eight million New Yorkers generate a whole lot of sewage, and on any given day some of that sewage - more than two million gallons - is being shipped around on the city's waterways. WNYC's Arun Venugopal was treated to a ride on the city's ...

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A Recession Hero: Behrooz the Good Broker

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

By Jennifer Hsu, Femi Oke of The Takeaway

Sam Jordan, a Takeaway listener in New Jersey, wants you to meet a real estate broker who he describes as more or less his real estate hero. Not something you hear about brokers these days. We found this broker who, even ...

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Chicago Sun-Times Joins the Bankruptcy List

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Flickr photo by Abhi Here

Flickr photo by Abhi Here

 

With over $800 million in debt, the Sun-Times Media Group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today.

Due to a decline in advertising revenue, this renders both of Chicago's major daily ...

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Staten Island Big Winner in City Stim Funds; Tracking Tool Released

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

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NY Highway Infrastructure Investment Projects

The city released its list of transportation stimulus projects yesterday, and Staten Island is walking away with the lion's share of funding -- $175 million out of $261 million total. But ...

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Congressional Hearing to Review Ground Zero health

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A House Judiciary subcommittee today will take up the issue of long-term compensation for sick Ground Zero workers.

There has been a yearslong fight to pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. It would create a long-term program to treat workers and residents made ...

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Report: Bias in Hiring Restaurant Workers

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A new report from a restaurant workers group finds deep disparities in who's working in the front and the back of the house.

The report on expensive restaurants in the city shows discrimination and occupational segregation is often the norm. The study sent applicants to apply ...

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Gillibrand Replacement Vote Ends Tonight

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Voters in the 20th District in the Hudson Valley have until 9 tonight to choose a replacement for former Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand.

Gillibrand is now a Senator, tapped to fill Hillary Clinton's seat by Governor Paterson. The candidates are venture capitalist and Democrat Scott Murphy, and ...

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Expansion of Bottle Bill

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A five-cent refundable deposit will be tacked on to the price of bottled water and other non-carbonated bottled beverages under Governor Paterson's budget proposal. The expansion of New York's bottle bill means consumers can get those five pennies back if they return their bottles to ...

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Kelly: Expand the Ring of Steel

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly wants to expand a security strategy in Lower Manhattan to Midtown. The Ring of Steel is modeled on a London system that networks hundreds of video surveillance cameras and license plate readers to help police monitor traffic for suspicious activity.

KELLY: All ...

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In 20th CD Election, Politics Is National

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The center of America's political universe today is New York's 20th congressional district, where a special election has become a referendum on President Obama. WNYC's Isaac-Davy Aronson has more.

REPORTER: One recent flier for Democratic congressional candidate Scott Murphy doesn't even mention him by name. It ...

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Call Me In 2010

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Law firms defer job offers. Guest: Kris Fischer, New York Law Journal.

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NY and NJ See Prison Numbers Drop

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A new report says New York and New Jersey are the only states where inmate populations have dropped. The Sentencing Project, a prison reform group, says New York saw a 12 percent decline, and New Jersey an 11 percent decrease, since 2001. Executive director, Marc ...

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East River Tolls Off the Table

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

There will be no bridge tolls on the Harlem and East River bridges in any MTA bailout. That's the word from Governor Paterson. He says the Senate's Democrat majority has taken the tolls off the table and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is accepting that.

Now lawmakers ...

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Quote of the Day: Governor Paterson, We Hardly Know Ye

Monday, March 30, 2009

CSEA video slamming Governor Paterson

CSEA video slamming Governor Paterson's announcement on layoffs of state employees.

'We knew David Paterson, Senator David Paterson, very well for 20 years and he was somebody who was always there ...

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Governor Defends $132B Budget

Monday, March 30, 2009

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New York's governor and legislative leaders are defending their budget deal, saying it makes tough choices at a time when the state's revenues are dwindling by week. The nearly $132 billion plan contains about $5 billion in cuts, and $5 billion in new taxes, including some on the wealthy. Governor Paterson, who had long opposed the millionaire's tax, says the final deal is a fair one.

'I think balance now between taxes on those with higher income and taxes on everybody so that there's a shared sacrifice.'

Brooklyn Republican State Senator Marty Golden decried all the new taxes in the budget and said Democrats are being irresponsible.

'This stimulus, this $25B, ends within 25-27 months. After that stimulus is gone, we walk into the abyss. There is no structural deficit dealt with in this budget.'

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