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Council Votes Down Term Limits Referendum

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The City Council voted down an amendment to the term limits bill that would have forced a voter referendum on extending the limits from two to three terms in a 28-22 vote.

Bill de Blasio, a vocal opponent of the term limit bill, described the failure of the amendment as an ...

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Ex-Mayor Voice of McCain Robo-Call

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Residents in several swing states are picking up the phone and finding a recording of Rudy Giuliani on the line. The former mayor is calling on behalf of the Republican National Committee and the McCain-Palin campaign.

GIULIANI: Barack Obama opposes mandatory prison sentences for sex offenders, drug dealers and murderers. It’s ...

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Study: Higher Asthma in WTC-Area Children

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The first study of children from the World Trade Center Health Registry suggests more of them have asthma than children elsewhere in the nation. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

REPORTER: The parents of 3,200 children were asked whether health professionals had ever told them they had asthma. The resulting asthma rate ...

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Council Passes Bill to Extend Term Limits

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg's extraordinary effort to get the chance to run for a third term has passed the City Council, by a vote of 29 for, and 22 against. Today's vote comes a mere three weeks after Bloomberg, a billionaire, announced his intention to run for re-election. WNYC's Bob Hennelly talks ...

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City Council Passes Mayor's Term Limits Bill

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Bob, a very close vote. More than 10 Councilmembers waited until the last minute to declare their position. Upper West Side councilwoman Gail Brewer was one of them. She voted no, saying that, while she agreed with the mayor's bill, she doesn't like the way it was presented.

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Act 3: Homeowners

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Momentum is building for a rescue plan for homeowners in trouble. But what would be the best way to help?

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Dog Days for Gray's Recession Special

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Manhattan hot dog chain "Gray's Papaya" has been offering its popular "recession special" for years so it's a bit ironic, now that we're probably in one, the price of two dogs and a drink has gone up nearly a buck - from $3.50 to $4.45. Regular customers like Gordon ...

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Budget and Staff to Be Slashed at LI College Hospital in Brooklyn

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The medical staff at one of Brooklyn’s oldest hospitals is in a fight with the hospital’s owners. Continuum Health Partners announced plans to trim operations and shrink Long Island College Hospital to half its current size. WNYC's Fred Mogul has more.

REPORTER: Continuum, which also runs St. Luke’s-Roosevelt and Beth Israel ...

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A Band-Aid for Rite Aid

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Why delisting from stock exchanges is threatening household-name chains.

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Special Election?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

When the mayor's bill to extend term limits comes up, Council Members David Yassky, Gail Brewer, and Alan Gerson will announce an amendment to bring the decision before voters next year.

Council member Yassky says the amendment will address who should have the power to decide the length of term limits.

YASSKY: ...

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Term Limits Showdown Vote Scheduled

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has scheduled a vote tomorrow on Mayor Bloomberg's bill to extend term limits for both himself and the city council. Its fate lies in the hands of about a dozen undecided council members. The latest lawmaker to come off the fence and support the mayor's ...

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Delivery Workers Vindicated with $4 Million in Damages

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Dozens of delivery workers celebrated their recent court victory and award of more than $4 million outside the upper west side restaurant - Saigon Grill yesterday. WNYC's Kathleen Horan has more: REPORTER: The delivery worker-plaintiffs, 36 in all, say they weren't paid minimum wage, which isn't unheard of in the ...

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Two Officers Survive Queens Subway Shooting

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Two police officers were shot late yesterday afternoon with one of their own guns as they tried to arrest a man for trying to use a student metrocard at the 21st Street Queensbridge F station in Long Island City. Officers Shane Farina and Jason Maass are expected to fully recover. ...

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Advocates Say NO to South Street Seaport High Rise

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Preservation groups are speaking out against a development plan to dismantle and move the old Fulton Fish Market in Lower Manhattan, saying the 42-story hotel and apartment tower in the proposed complex would overwhelm the low-scale historic district. Simeon Bankoff is executive director of an advocacy group called the Historic ...

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Term Limits Vote

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The city council will vote on term limits on Thursday.

Speaker Christine Quinn placed it on the calendar, even as the momentum in the council appears to be shifting against Mayor Bloomberg's bill to change term limits so he can run for a third term next year.

According to a new poll, ...

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Waterfalls Public Art a Boon to NYC Tourism

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Bloomberg Administration says the Waterfalls exhibit on the East River, which ran from June 26th to October 13th, had an even greater economic impact than anticipated.

REPORTER: Officials say the falls generated $69 million dollars in economic activity, exceeding the initial expectation of $55 million dollars. Seth Pinsky of the ...

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The Problem of Chronic Absenteeism

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Poor school districts fare far worse than more affluent ones. The Center for New York City Affairs authored the report and held a panel discussion on the issue.

Principal Luis Torres from PS 55 in the Bronx participated on the panel. He says students miss school for a lot of reasons, ...

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WFP Presses Lawmakers Undecided Over Term Limits

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Some City Council members may find their phones ringing off the hook today. The Working Families Party is targeting lawmakers undecided on term limits by blanketing their districts with posters that show their phone numbers.

Jeff Posner was walking in Council member Jessica Lappin's Upper East Side district. He says Bloomberg's ...

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In Danger of a Referendum

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Despite a new Quinnipiac poll that found a vast majority of New Yorkers want to settle the issue of term limits by public referendum.

Mayor Bloomberg says having a special election would only result in prolonged litigation. And the city has enough on its plate.

BLOOMBERG: I don't think the city needs ...

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City Council Set to Vote on Term Limits This Week

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to overhaul the city's term limits law has been put on the fast track for a vote Thursday before the City Council, just three weeks after he announced he'd like to try and run again.

Among those criticizing the timing of the vote is Dick Dadey of the ...

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