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Prosecutors Expected to Drop Charges Against Critical Mass Biker

Friday, September 05, 2008

Prosecutors are expected to drop charges today against a cyclist who was pushed off his bike by a police officer during a Critical Mass bike ride in July.

Christopher Long was charged with attempted assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. The arresting officer said Long had been weaving in and out ...

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Councilman Koppell Promises Term Limits Bill

Friday, September 05, 2008

Bronx City Councilman Oliver Koppell says if Council Speaker Christine Quinn doesn't move on term limits, he'll to introduce a bill to change them.

Koppell says the current two term limit "robs the public of a choice," and he wants the city's elected officials to be able to serve three full ...

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State Bolsters Flu Shot Availability

Friday, September 05, 2008

Flu season is just around the corner, and in an effort to combat New York State's low vaccination rates, Gov. Paterson has signed legislation allowing pharmacists to administer flu shots.

Assistant Health Commissioner, Doctor Jane Zucker, says the measure increases the chance people will get them.

ZUCKER: It expands access to people ...

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New Jersey Imam Avoids Deportation

Friday, September 05, 2008

Supporters of an influential New Jersey Muslim leader are cheering a ruling from a federal judge that allows the imam to stay in the US. Mohammad Qatanani, who heads the Islamic Center of Passaic County, not only won his fight against deportation, but was also granted permanent resident status, along ...

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Chesapeake Energy Sells Drilling Rights

Thursday, September 04, 2008

An energy company that leased land to drill for natural gas in the northeast is now looking to sell part of its operation.

Over the past few years, gas companies have been in fierce competition to lease acres for drilling all over Pennsylvania and upstate New York. Now Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy ...

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Republicans Cheer Sarah Palin

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Over the last week, the world has been learning more about the GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. WNYC's Fred Mogul was on the floor of the Republican National Convention last night for her much anticipated speech, and he joins us now from the Twin Cities to talk about how ...

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Local GOP Looks to Bring Convention Energy Home

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Local New York delegates in St. Paul for the Republican convention say they're going to bring the energy home from the Twin Cities to their very Democratic state, and persuade it to vote for Sen. John McCain. WNYC's Fred Mogul has more.

They believe McCain has broad, non-partisan appeal to Democrats ...

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Infant Mortality Rate Drops

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Health officials say the infant mortality rate is at its lowest level in New York City since such records have been kept.

A new report shows there were 5.4 deaths per thousand live births in 2007 compared to 5.9 in 2006. That's the largest single year drop since 2001.

The Health Department ...

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State Regulators Approve Wind Power Deal

Thursday, September 04, 2008

State regulators have approved a deal to allow the construction of hundreds of new wind turbines throughout upstate New York.

Spanish energy conglomerate, Iberdrola has acquired Energy East, a Maine-based company, which provides electricity or natural gas to 1.7 million New Yorkers.

The Public Service Commission which approved the deal, originally opposed ...

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Bruno Blasts Obama

Thursday, September 04, 2008

In St. Paul, former State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno livened up the New York delegation, when he gave a speech comparing Barack Obama to his former rival Eliot Spitzer. Karen Dewitt has more:

Bruno told the delegation that people should beware of articulate charismatic candidates with Hollywood style ads on ...

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Local Republicans React to Palin's Speech

Thursday, September 04, 2008

New York Republicans gathered in the Flatiron district to watch the convention coverage. Marion Drayfus of the Upper West Side said she was not disappointed by the spirited speech by vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin

DRAYFUS: I thought it was nine innings, and I thought she hit it out of the ...

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Gotbaum Recommends Less Mayoral Control over Schools

Thursday, September 04, 2008

A new report from a commission appointed by Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum is recommending that the legislature curtail some of the control Mayor Michael Bloomberg has over New York's public schools.

The report calls for changing the way the independent Panel for Educational Policy is created and run. Currently 7 of ...

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Race for 25th State Senate District Heats Up

Thursday, September 04, 2008

In a hotly contested race for the 25th State Senate District, Democratic incumbent Martin Connor squared off last night against his challenger Daniel Squadron.

During the two hour debate, the 28-year-old Squadron argued he would bring new blood and change to Albany, while Connor, a 30-year-old political veteran, says his experience ...

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Bloomberg to Catch 'Xanadu,' Not Palin

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

All eyes will be on presumptive Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin as she makes her big speech at the Republican national convention tonight. But not Mayor Bloomberg. He says he’s got other plans.

BLOOMBERG: I actually am going to the theater tonight. To see Whoopi Goldberg in Xanadu ("ohhhh.")

REPORTER: Palin has ...

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Decision on Indian Point Delayed Until 2010

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Opponents of the Indian Point nuclear power plant have succeeded in delaying a decision on whether to re-license the plant, which is about 35 miles north of New York City.

Officials now say there will be no final judgment on re-licensing until August of 2010 at the earliest, a delay of ...

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Heating Oil Prices Hit Home Owners, Suppliers

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Consider this: in January 2007, a barrel of heating oil cost about a $150. A year and a half later, the price has more than doubled. Despite the recent dip in the price of crude, the small suppliers who sell home heating are so. WNYC's Ilya Marritz reports.

REPORTER: This is ...

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Court Recognizes Out of State Same Sex Marriages

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

A New York State court is supporting Gov. David Paterson's directive to recognize out of state same sex marriages. A judge has tossed out a legal challenge to the policy. Susan Sommer is an attorney with Lambda Legal, which represented a same sex couple who got married.

SOMMER: I'm hopeful that ...

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Silver Faces Primary Competition

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been in office since 1976 and speaker of the Assembly since 1994. He's considered one of Albany's powerful "three men in a room" that determine the fate of legislation, member items, and how the state is run. Some have argued that with his staying power ...

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New MoMA Chief Picked

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

It's one of the most prestigious jobs in the modern art world -- chief curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art. Today MoMa announced that they'd filled the position after a six month search.

They're promoting from within — Ann Temkin is a current MoMa curator, who's ...

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Tenants Sue Bronx Landlord

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Residents fed up with the living conditions at their dilapidated building in the Bronx are suing their landlord and asking a judge to take the building away from him.

Tenants say the 43 unit building on 175th Street near Crotona Park has been falling apart for about two years. They complain ...

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