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Schumer: NYS Could Get Billions in Federal Aid

Monday, December 29, 2008

New York could receive at least $5 billion under a new economic stimulus package being developed by President-elect Barack Obama's transition team and congressional leaders.

That's according to U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. Today he's expected to discuss how the funds could help New York defray budget cuts and future tax hikes.

The ...

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A New York Take on the Year in Review

Monday, December 29, 2008

It would be an understatement to call 2008 "an eventful year." From the drama of the presidential election to the financial meltdown, 2008 was certainly historic. As we listen back on the year that was, it seems like New Yorkers were always in the middle of things.

Slideshow: Year ...

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Official Fundraising

Monday, December 29, 2008

Senior city government leaders and elected officials may now fundraise, on city time and with city resources for non-profits, under certain conditions. The Conflicts of Interest Board released new rules today on the question. A city leader may fundraise for groups that promote the interests of New York City, and ...

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Bloomberg: Reaction to Middle East Conflict

Monday, December 29, 2008

The Palestinian death toll topped 300 today, most of them Hamas militants, as Israeli jets continued to strike targets in Gaza, where about 40 rockets were fired into southern Israel.

Mayor Bloomberg had some harsh words for Hamas:

BLOOMBERG: New Yorkers certainly know what its like to be targeted by terrorists and ...

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New Site Shows Illnesses by ZIP Code

Monday, December 29, 2008

A new website allows New Yorkers to find out which commonly preventable illnesses are more likely to occur in their own neighborhood -- and whether racial disparity plays a role in prevention.

The state Department of Health created the tool, which allows state residents to check whether such conditions ...

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Record Tourists in 2008, Lower Expectations for 2009

Monday, December 29, 2008

The Bloomberg Administration says a record number of tourists visited the city last year - but the two percent increase is smaller than the growth seen in previous years. Forty-six million people traveled to the Big Apple from elsewhere in 2008. Mayor Bloomberg says he's balancing his optimism for next ...

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Holiday Season Dismal for City's Small Businesses

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Local retailers are spreading the blame around for what they call a dismal holiday shopping season.

REPORTER: Actual numbers won't be out for a few weeks. But some of the city's small business owners say they were pressured to offer discounts earlier than usual this year, because the big department stores ...

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Driver Will Not Be Charged in Hanukkah Accident

Saturday, December 27, 2008

A man who drove his sports utility vehicle into a Long Island Hanukkah party won't face charges in the accident, which police say may have been caused by a stuck floor mat.

Thursday's crash into the Chanukah Wonderland building in Woodmere injured 14 people, including 76-year-old psychologist Theodore Saretsky, who driving ...

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Caroline Kennedy Breaks Silence on Bid for Senate Seat

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Caroline Kennedy has largely avoided the media since her interest in Hillary Clinton's Senate seat became known.

REPORTER: But Kennedy sat down for an interview yesterday, telling the Associated Press about the timing of her decision to enter politics:

KENNEDY: You know I think really this sort of a unique moment, both ...

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New Jersey Doctor Killed in Iraq

Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Department of Defense reports that a New York City native has been killed in Iraq. Marc Garber reports.

REPORTER: The Pentagon says Major John P. Pryor died Christmas Day when a mortar round hit near his living quarters. The 42-year-old New Jersey doctor was a well-known trauma surgeon at the ...

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Hanukkah Party Crash Leaves 14 Injured

Friday, December 26, 2008

Fourteen people are injured after a car plowed into a Long Island building where Orthodox Jewish families were celebrating Hanukkah yesterday.

At least six of the injured are young children. Nassau County police say four of the people injured are in serious condition.

The community's rabbi, Zalman Wolowik, says the incident can ...

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Retailers Hoping Post-Holiday Markdowns Boost Sales

Friday, December 26, 2008

REPORTER: Retailers are hoping that post-Christmas sales will lure in customers who are spending less because of the economic downturn. Prices have been dropping since before Thanksgiving at both big department stores and smaller boutique shops. Michael Robinson, a buyer at a Soho shop called Peter Hermann, says his store ...

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In With the New, But Recycle the Old

Friday, December 26, 2008

If Santa brought you shiny new gadgets for Christmas this year, don't throw the old ones in the garbage.

Electronics like TVs, computers, and cell phones contain toxins that can pollute air and water. The Lower East Side Ecology Center will be holding four electronics recycling events in early January. Executive ...

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Nuclear Power Plants to Provide Own Security

Friday, December 26, 2008

REPORTER: New Jersey is withdrawing state security details at its three nuclear power plants, saying the plants' operators will now provide security.

Since October 2001, the Oyster Creek plant in Forked River and the Salem and Hope Creek plants in Salem County have been patrolled by State Police and New Jersey ...

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Financial 411: Dreary Holiday Spending

Friday, December 26, 2008

Signs of dreary holiday spending are dimming hopes for a big year-end rally. Greg David, Editorial Director at Crains New York Business, joins us now to recap the week in economic news.

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A Yuletide Tradition: Dim Sum

Friday, December 26, 2008

Even for those who don't celebrate Christmas, yesterday was a chance to observe some other time-honored traditions - like enjoying a meal at a boisterous Chinatown restaurant.

Kim Newman, of Brooklyn, says she's been doing just that for several decades.

NEWMAN: There was nothing ever open on Christmas Day, so my family ...

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Egan Calls for Help for Struggling Families

Thursday, December 25, 2008

REPORTER: New Yorkers across the city attended Christmas mass this morning. At St. Patrick's Cathedral, Edward, Cardinal Egan's sermon struck a somber tone as he painted a stark picture of the American economy.

EGAN: Jobs are being lost by the hundreds of thousands, in a culture in which we define ourselves ...

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NY Gov: Iraq 90% to Democracy

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Governor David Paterson is back in New York after his tour of Iraq and Afghanistan. He says he's amazed at the progress that's taken place over the last 18 months in Iraq. The governor says the military generals he spoke with say the country is 90 percent of the way ...

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President Withdraws Pardon Issued for NYC Developer

Thursday, December 25, 2008

One day after granting a pardon to Brooklyn developer Isaac Toussie, President Bush revoked it, a step experts say is certainly rare and possibly unprecedented. WNYC's Isaac-Davy Aronson has more.

REPORTER: Toussie, one of 19 people Bush pardoned on Tuesday, pleaded guilty in 2003 to defrauding the federal government and Suffolk ...

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Amtrak to Increase Inauguration Day Service

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Amtrak officials say they plan to increase the number of trains running on their Northeast corridor lines on Inauguration Day, January 20.

Amtrak spokeswoman Tracy Connell says that will mean more trains going between Boston and Washington. There also will be additional cars on the trains.

Connell says the move comes after ...

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