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Conflicting Reports on Seizure of Mentally Ill Man

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


The family of a mentally ill man, Gamalier Reyes, plans to sue the NYPD for beating him so brutally, they say he'll need facial reconstruction surgery. Relatives and supporters gathered today outside of the 83rd Police Precinct in Bushwick, Brooklyn, holding photographs of Reyes' damaged face. Last Saturday, when Reyes, who is schizophrenic, refused to take his medicine, his mother called his social worker, who then called 911. Zully De La Cruz, Reyes' sister, says when the police arrived they used unnecessary force on her brother, who was upset, but not violent:

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Shelter Or Pedigreed?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Obamas opted for a Portuguese water dog. Stacy Alldredge, New York City dog trainer and owner of Who's Walking Who, talks about the pros and cons of shelter vs. purebred dogs as pets.

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DiNapoli: Pension Fund is More Transparent

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is defending current practices at the state's $154 billion pension fund. He spoke this morning at a Crain's New York breakfast event -- just hours after the New York Times published an article about the ongoing investigations into whether former state employees received kickbacks in exchange ...

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Cyclists Rally in Support of Greening New York

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

by Stanzi Vaubel

Cyclists gathered outside of The Museum of the City of New York Tuesday, along with Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Museum of the City of New York Director Susan Henshaw Jones to promote a greener New York. The event was in ...

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Projects Whose Names None Dare Speak

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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The chiefs of economic development for the city and the state spoke before construction industry executives this morning, trying to reassure them that all was well even in these hard times.

New York Times reporter Charles Bagli, ...

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Bloomberg Courts Working Families Party

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

After winning support from the city's Republican and Independent parties, Mayor Bloomberg is now vying for the endorsement of the Working Families Party. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: It may seem like a long shot, since the Working Family's Party led fierce opposition to the ...

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Record Numbers of CUNY Students Apply for Aid

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Officials at CUNY are reporting a 33 percent spike in students applying for financial aid this year -- that's over the same period last year. Standing outside Baruch College earlier today, Congressman Anthony Weiner said that despite additional aid in the federal stimulus package, Congress ...

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Finance Commissioner Under Fire

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The city's finance commissioner is under investigation for having a romantic relationship with a subordinate whose salary more than doubled in three years.

It's the third time in the last few weeks that Commissioner Martha Stark is at the center of an ethics controversy. In a ...

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Family of Injured Man Press Charges Against NYPD

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The family of a mentally ill man who was hospitalized after a confrontation with police this weekend say they will press charges against the NYPD.

Gamalier Reyes is schizophrenic. His sister Zully De La Cruz says he refused to take his medicine and his social worker ...

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City Placing 23 Percent More Workers in Jobs

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The city placed nearly 5,000 New Yorkers in jobs during the first three months of 2009, a 23 percent increase compared to the same time period in 2008. Mayor Bloomberg says the success of what's known as the Workforce One Career Centers has put the ...

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Official: MTA Might Face More Cuts

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The next round of transit fare hikes and service cuts hasn't even taken effect yet, and now an MTA official says more might be needed because of a sharper-than-expected decline in state tax revenues.

The chief financial officer of the MTA, Gary Dellaverson, cited the new ...

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Should One Person Control the New York State Pension Fund?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Greg David of Crain’s interviews New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

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Cautious Optimism Over Gay Marriage in NYS

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Supporters of gay marriage are "cautiously optimistic" that New York will be the next state to legalize it. But it remains unclear if a successful vote could be held in the State Senate before the legislative session ends. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

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Mayor Says MTA Needs Capital Cash...Or Else

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Straphangers get ready. Plummeting tax revenue and gridlock in Albany may force the MTA to impose even more service cuts and higher fare hikes to make ends meet. Mayor Bloomberg says if the state senate doesn't support the rescue plan passed by the governor and ...

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Thais in NYC React to Violence in Bangkok

Monday, April 13, 2009


A red shirt supporter holding a national flag walks past a burning bus on April 13, 2009

Reported by Oates Ritthichai

The clashes between protesters and the Thai military on the street of Bangkok has left two dead and hundreds injured. Anti-government protesters, known ...

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Timothy Dolan: Fan of NYC Baseball, Resisting Modern Mores

Monday, April 13, 2009

Incoming New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan and Cardinal Edward M. Egan.

Incoming New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan and Cardinal Edward M. Egan.

Incoming Archbishop Timothy Dolan took a break from unpacking and preparing sermons, to talk about baseball, theology and his ...

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ASSME Anything You Like

Monday, April 13, 2009

Last December I hit up Christmas Party by ASSME (The American Society for Sh**canned Media Elites). Delightful affair. Pink champagne. Unemployed and underemployed writers and editors made sparkling conversation. Resulted in a nice little feature on the media jobs bloodbath.

Evidently, the Elites have still not found jobs. How ...

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Bed-Stuy Meadow

Monday, April 13, 2009

In a few weeks wild flowers will sprout up all over Bedford-Stuyvesant. That's the hope of activists who sowed the flowers over the weekend on untended land in the Brooklyn neighborhood. But the environmental project also raised questions -- about how to organize community action ...

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NJ Congressman Safe After Attack in Somalia

Monday, April 13, 2009

New Jersey Congressman Donald Payne landed safely in Nairobi Kenya today after the airport he was departing from in Mogadishu, Somalia, came under mortar attack.

Newark Congressman Payne had arranged his Somalia trip as a piracy fact finding mission several weeks ago before the piracy issue ...

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Does the City Council Matter?

Monday, April 13, 2009

The City Council has 51 members, and a schedule chock full of meetings and hearings. But is it effective against a strong mayor and should there be changes to the way the Council operates? The latest issue of City Limits takes on the issue of ...

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