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Visions of a Better Coney Island

Thursday, November 13, 2008

As the city moves forward with a rezoning plan for Coney Island, some groups on the sidelines want to make sure it's as bold and eclectic as the place itself. The Center for an Urban Future surveyed 23 architects, historians, writers and even a video game expert about their vision ...

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UFT Chief Slams Governor's Budget Outline

Thursday, November 13, 2008

While Governor Paterson calls them "spending reductions," unions and community groups say the budget cutting plan he outlined yesterday will hurt the working class and the poor. Speaking on the steps of City Hall yesterday, teachers union chief Randi Weingarten said slowing the growth in education spending - from nine ...

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The Health of City Senior Centers

Thursday, November 13, 2008

They argue that there's not enough money to expand health services, as the city wants, without eliminating other services like meals and case workers.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says it’s wrong to take away services that people rely on.

QUINN: We are facing, we all know this, a tremendous financial crisis ...

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Real Estate Crisis: Where Do We Go Now?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

One of the key innovators of the mortgage-backed security market blames the Federal Reserve and regulators from 2001 on for today's financial crisis.

Larry Fink is now CEO of BlackRock, a Manhattan based asset management firm. He says Alan Greenspan's policy of lowering interest rates and regulators' allowing banks to take ...

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Maximum Sentence for Nixzaliz Santiago

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A child abuse case that led to an overhaul of the city's child welfare system has come to a close.

Nixzaliz Santiago, mother of 7-year-old Nixzmary Brown, was sentenced to up to 43 years in prison yesterday. That's about 14 more years than her husband Cesar Rodriguez was given. Both were ...

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Job Report

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Advocates for low-income New Yorkers are bashing city programs aimed at getting welfare recipients into paying jobs, saying they don't work.

A new report from the group "Community Voices Heard" says only 9 percent of welfare applicants find jobs through the programs...and 75 percent lose them after six months.

Janet Rivera of ...

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NYC Cracks Down Employment Agency Scams

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The city's department of consumer affairs has shut down three employment agencies and issued fines to others after conducting an 18-month-long investigation into what it calls "predatory practices." Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz says people seeking employment should beware.

MINTZ: If you're going to sign a contract, you should understand what ...

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And the Shleppie Goes To....

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The slowest bus in the city is the M96 according to a yearly study by the Straphangers Campaign. Gene Russianoff helped time the buses. He says the study found it's faster to jog than take the M96.

RUSSIANOFF: We also found out that you could do better and faster if you ...

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Questions Continue for Informant in Fort Dix Trial

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Last spring the FBI arrested six men for an alleged plot to attack the Fort Dix army installation base in Burlington County, New Jersey. The trial for five of them is underway. Joel Rose is covering the story for NPR, and he joins us now.

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Greening Your House One Tool at a Time

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

So, you want to be green? Looking to buy some eco-friendly soap or flooring or a TV? OK, but how do you know if they really are good for the environment?

MATRANGA: I think all of us are confused.

REPORTER: That’s Vicky Matranga. She’s not looking to buy eco-friendly products. Actually, she ...

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Artists Apply Creativity to Finances

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

This week, the New York Foundation for the Arts awarded $100,000 to eight small dance companies through its BUILD program. Its goal is to help strengthen dance organizations by investing in their management and infrastructure. But it's not the only group pushing artists to rethink their funding models. WNYC's Brigid ...

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About Those Troubled Assets…

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Treasury says no bailout money will go to mortgage-backed securities. New York contemplates “green jobs” and Douglas Holtz-Eakin says he is “underwhelmed” by Paulson’s performance.

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Advocates Push Stem Cell Research Funding

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

With New York state leaders slashing the budget to shrink the deficit, many programs are in jeopardy. Here’s what it could mean for the $600 million fund for stem cell research.

REPORTER: President Elect Obama’s transition chief, John Podesta, said the new administration would likely reverse President Bush’s ban on new ...

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City Celebrates Veterans Day

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thousands of uniformed service people from all over the world are gathering in the city today to celebrate the holiday that commemorates their service.

REPORTER: Floats and marching bands will roll up 5th avenue.

But Sergeant First Class Holoway says he doesn't need all the pomp and circumstance, just a little appreciation.

HOLOWAY: ...

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Why Does Everyone Want to be a Bank Holding Company?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Amex’s decision to reclassify itself, plus job hunt tips for out-of-work Wall Streeters.

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Group Takes Term Limit Suit to Federal Court

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A state court wasn't friendly to their cause, so opponents to the way the city's term limits law was changed have gone to federal court.

REPORTER: Attorney Norman Siegel says federal courts have ruled against elected officials who try to keep themselves in power.

SIEGEL: If you can show that their actions ...

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Term Limits Law Faces Another Lawsuit

Monday, November 10, 2008

Opponents of a change to the city's term limit law are set to announce another lawsuit today. WNYC’s Brian Zumhagen reports.

REPORTER: City Comptroller Bill Thompson, City Council member Letitia James and other elected officials will discuss the details of the legal action early this afternoon when they file papers.

They’ll be ...

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Black Churches Praise Obama's Election

Monday, November 10, 2008

Sunday services were extra special for many of the city's black congregations celebrating the historic election of Barack Obama. WNYC's Arun Venugopal went to church in Jamaica, Queens, at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral.

FLAKE: Our topic this morning, at last: the Promised Land.

REPORTER: The Reverend Floyd Flake started his sermon ...

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NYC to Require Bike Storage for New Buildings

Monday, November 10, 2008

Bicycle commuting is going up across the city, and the Bloomberg administration wants to make life easier for New Yorkers who get to work on two wheels. The Department of City Planning will propose new regulations today to require locked bike rooms in almost all new buildings. Director Amanda Burden, ...

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Another Fare Hike?

Monday, November 10, 2008

The MTA says the failing economy is causing next year's deficit to balloon to $1.2 billion, making it even more necessary to hike bus and subway fares, and bridge and tunnel tolls.

Lee Sander, the authotity's executive director, says service cuts are also likely, though he won't reveal how much, or ...

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