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Quinn Delivers State of the City

Friday, February 13, 2009

In the State of the City Address, politicians float their agenda for the year ahead. But as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, that was only part of the challenge for Speaker Quinn in her speech yesterday.

REPORTER: Quinn's address comes after bruising battles over congestion pricing and ...

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How Federal Package Could 'Stimulate' New York

Friday, February 13, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg says the latest deal on the federal stimulus package will pump some $21 billion into the city, helping to close much of a $4 billion budget gap.

BLOOMBERG: Our Medicaid bill for the city is about $5 Billion a year and I think we'll ...

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Evaluating the Crash of Flight 3407

Friday, February 13, 2009

Governor Paterson was in Buffalo and met with relatives of those who died in the crash of Continental Flight 3407.

He says the mood is one of "doom and peril" for the 50 victims' families.

Paterson says last night's accident was very bad...but it could have been ...

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Environmentalists Fight Against Indian Point's Re-licencing

Friday, February 13, 2009

Environmentalists are fighting against renewing licenses that would allow Indian Point to operate for another 20 years.

GREENE: We know that the leaking from the plant is getting into the Hudson River and therefore getting into the fish and crab. It could be affecting people who ...

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Schumer: $21 Billion of Stimulus Package Expected for NYS

Friday, February 13, 2009

Senator Charles Schumer says New York State is getting at least $21 billion from the federal stimulus bill for Medicaid, education and public housing improvements. Other allocations have yet to be tabulated. He says part of money should go to saving some state jobs.

SCHUMER: For ...

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Aiding the Families of Flight 3407

Friday, February 13, 2009

Governor Paterson says he's been impressed by the coordination of federal, state and local officials in connection with the plane crash outside Buffalo that killed 50 people.

Paterson met with victims' families today, and says the outpouring of support has been tremendous.

PATERSON: The clergy and the ...

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Cellphone Soap Operas to Sell 'Safe Sex'

Friday, February 13, 2009

If all goes according to plan, the day is coming when you can open your video-enabled cellphone and dive into some high drama.

Girl, you are pregnant! What are you gonna do?

A Rutgers University researcher is developing a public health soap opera, with federal funding. She ...

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Cell Phone Soaps

Friday, February 13, 2009

A Rutgers University researcher is developing a public health soap opera, with federal funding.

She hopes the cellphone series will make the case for condoms more effectively than hum-drum public service announcements delivered by broadcast, print and billboards.

WNYC’s Fred Mogul has this report.

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9/11 Widow Killed on Flight 3407

Friday, February 13, 2009

One of the victims of Continental Express Flight 3407 was a September 11th widow, Beverly Eckert.

Just last week, she and other Nine Eleven and USS Cole victims' family members met with President Obama to discuss how the new administration would handle terror suspects.

She co-chaired the ...

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Atlantic Yards Developer Lobbying for Stimulus Slice

Friday, February 13, 2009

Long before the federal stimulus plan took its final form today, the developer of Atlantic Yards was lobbying in Washington for a piece of it. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: For weeks now, blogs and local newspapers have speculated that the troubled real estate project ...

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Environmentalists Fight Against Indian Point's Re-licencing

Friday, February 13, 2009

Environmentalists are fighting against renewing licenses that would allow Indian Point to operate for another 20 years.

GREENE: We know that the leaking from the plant is getting into the Hudson River and therefore getting into the fish and crab. It could be affecting people who ...

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Who Will Council Speaker Quinn Endorse for Mayor?

Friday, February 13, 2009

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says she won't rule out endorsing Mayor Bloomberg for a third term even if the Mayor runs on the Republican line. WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

REPORTER: Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a democrat, tells Brian Leher guest host Andrea Bernstein, she hasn't ...

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Will Mayor Bloomberg Run as a Republican?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

WNYC's Bob Hennelly and Andrea Bernstein discuss Mayor Michael Bloomberg's re-election bid with Brian Lehrer.

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Peter Schiff: I Predicted the Economic Crisis and Here's How to Fix it

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Brian Lehrer speaks with Peter Schiff, the broker from Connecticut who predicted the economic crash. Schiff explains why he thinks the economic recovery plan is a big mistake.

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Speaker Quinn's State of the (Can Do) City

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Council Speaker Christine Quinn gave her annual State of the City, and she tried to pack it full of sunshine.

New Yorkers, she says, have a "resounding belief in the future of this country. We may be in the midst of the worst fiscal crisis in decades. But New Yorkers know better than anyone, that no crisis has ever stopped our city from moving forward. As EB White reminds us, New York is the city that reached the highest point in the sky at the lowest moment of the depression."

Lots of policy proposals in her speech, but the splashiest one is certainly this: take all those vacant new or luxury apartments that are scattered around the city, gathering dust, and turn them into affordable housing for the middle class. She says the city would negotiate for the best possible price with developers who are eager to offload their luxury units. She didn't get into the numbers, only saying that there are "thousands" of such units, "just waiting for someone to call them home."

She also announced an ambitious plan to reform the city's tax code, her own version of the so-called Millionaire's Tax that's gaining momentum in Albany. Under this plan:

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A Brand New Beacon, Ready for the Spotlight

Thursday, February 12, 2009

A brightly-gilded Beacon Theater re-opens today, with a brand new sound system and a restored canvas mural in the Neo-classical rotunda. When the Beacon first opened in 1928, it was host to New York's vaudeville acts. ...

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Thomas Ricks: Behind General David Petraeus's Gamble

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Thomas E. Ricks talks to WNYC's Leonard Lopate about his book, The Gamble, which takes an in-depth look at General Petraeus's surge strategy and the the Iraq War from 2005 on.

You can listen to Lopate and Ricks's complete conversation ...

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A Long, Long Night...

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Mayor Bloomberg with House Education Chairman

Even though a 'deal' has been announced, negotiators worked through the night on the bill's details -- and details mean a lot when even 0.1 ...

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"I Heard Lincoln That Day"

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Dedication of the Civil War cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, November 19, 1863. National Archives

Dedication of the Civil War cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, November 19, 1863

Here’s a treat from the WNYC Archives, on this the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. ...

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Nadler Slams Obama Over State Secrets Privilege

Thursday, February 12, 2009

New York's Jerrold Nadler is one of the first members of Congress to criticize the Obama administration for its decision this week to invoke the state secrets privilege - and he's introduced legislation to keep it from happening again. WNYC's Isaac-Davy Aronson has more.

REPORTER: The ...

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