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Latino Officials Ask Gillibrand to Change Positions on Immigration

Sunday, February 01, 2009

A group of Latino elected officials is refusing to back newly appointed US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand until she changes her positions on immigration.

REPORTER: The city and state officials, who met with Gillibrand Sunday, want her to renounce her earlier support for border enforcement and for ...

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Hudson Yards Negotiations Continue Past Deadline

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Contract negotiations over the development of the Hudson railyards will continue. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the developer, Related Companies, had set a Saturday deadline for a deal on the 26-acre project. An MTA spokesman says the agency and company had "constructive negotiations" yesterday and ...

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Assembly Democrats Move to Strengthen Rent Control

Sunday, February 01, 2009

The New York Assembly's Democratic majority is rolling out a package of bills to try to make housing more affordable by bolstering rent-control laws. Under the system established in 1997, landlords are allowed to raise rents and remove controls when the rent has risen to ...

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The Effect of the Downturn on the Ecology of New York Arts

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Arts groups around New York City are struggling as a result of the recession. Cultural critic Claudia La Rocco talks with WNYC's Weekend Edition Host Brian Zumhagen about what the crisis in the arts means for the overall health of the city.

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Mayor's Budget Goes to Budget Committee

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Now that Mayor Bloomberg has presented his budget, it's time for the negotiations to begin.

REPORTER: One of the next stops for the mayor's nearly $60 billion plan is the City Council's Budget committee. Councilman David Weprin chairs the committee, and says he's willing to consider ...

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Lawsuit Against Pfizer May Proceed

Saturday, January 31, 2009

A group of Nigerians can proceed with a lawsuit in Manhattan that accuses Pfizer of performing experimental drug tests without consent. WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports.

REPORTER: The Second Circuit Court of Appeals said the allegations, if proved, could represent, quote, "a real threat to international peace ...

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City Could Cut Thousands of Classroom Jobs in Spite of Stimulus

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg says he's optimistic about the federal stimulus package, but he still may need to cut up to 15,000 classroom positions. WNYC's Beth Fertig reports.

REPORTER: The mayor repeatedly said it's too early to know what will happen. But he said layoffs might be necessary ...

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Job Seekers Line up Outside Yankee Stadium

Saturday, January 31, 2009

While many employers are shedding jobs, there's one in the Bronx that's adding them. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

REPORTER: Job seekers have been standing in the frigid cold outside of the old Yankee Stadium to apply for a thousand new jobs that'll be created when the ...

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Politics or Theater?

Friday, January 30, 2009

Budget season is always a drama. Every January the mayor proposes cuts that are staunchly opposed by various constituent groups. Public hearings are held in the City Council. Then, by the spring, the mayor issues a revised budget restoring some of the cuts and the Council votes. Some call it the annual "budget dance."

But this year's dance is more like a high-stakes version of "Dancing with the Stars." On one side, there's Mayor Bloomberg saying the city's perilous economy could force him to cut  23,000 jobs from city agencies - 15,000 of which would come from the Department of Education.

On the other side, there's the powerful United Federation of Teachers. Union President Randi Weingarten declared that by proposing so many layoffs in education, the mayor was using her members as "pawns" in a political feud with Albany. She said she hadn't seen such a drastic proposal since the layoffs of the 1970s, and she described the chaos the city went through then as a warning.

So what's going on? If there's new federal money on the way, why is Bloomberg proposing layoffs?

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Yankee Stadium Jobs

Friday, January 30, 2009

More than 500 people lined up Thursday to apply for service industry jobs at the new Yankee Stadium. More people are expected to show up Saturday to apply for the 1000 new jobs. Applicants are told they must speak, read and write English and there will be random drug testing ...

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Bloomberg on Wall Street's Bonuses

Friday, January 30, 2009

President Obama may be swift to condemn excessive greed on Wall Street, but don't expect a similar tone from Mayor Bloomberg. The mayor who made his fortune on Wall Street was asked after his austere budget briefing by a reporter about the issue of excessive bonuses and compensation. "You have ...

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Mayor: State and Federal Aid Needed to Prevent Massive Job Cuts

Friday, January 30, 2009

NEW YORK, NY January 30, 2009 —Mayor Bloomberg says without help from Albany and Washington, New York City will have to reduce its workforce by more than 20,000 people in order to make ends meet in its next budget. The city's deficit for the next fiscal year has mushroomed, from $1 billion to $4 billion, because of Wall Street's heavy losses. Bloomberg says the deficit would have been $6 billion, if not for earlier cuts.

BLOOMBERG: You can only get so much blood out of a stone and after that this is a headcount thing.

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Brooklyn Marine Lance Corporal Julian Brennan

Friday, January 30, 2009

Brooklyn Marine Lance Corporal Julian Brennan was killed in Afghanistan last week. Contrary to the image of the tough soldier –Brennan was also a trained actor, singer and a budding writer. His parents spoke to WNYC’s Kathleen Horan about his 25 years of life

Julian kissing his grandfather's coffin

Julian kissing his grandfather's coffin

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Report Advocates More Education in Prisons

Friday, January 30, 2009

A prisoner rights group says the state should restore funding for in-prison college programs to reduce recidivism. WNYC's Elaine Rivera has more.

REPORTER: The Correctional Association of New York looked at a number of long-term studies showing that inmates who participated in higher education programs tended ...

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Bloomberg's Bleak Budget Plan

Friday, January 30, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg presented a nearly $60 billion budget plan for next year and it calls for shared sacrifice to close a $4 billion dollar budget gap.

The mayor says to avoid cutting up to 23,000 jobs from the workforce the City needs union concessions and significant ...

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Thousands of City Job Cuts Loom in Mayor's Budget

Friday, January 30, 2009

After months of job losses in the private sector, it may now be the city's turn. Mayor Bloomberg says more than 23,000 City jobs may have to be cut to balance next year's budget. WNYC's City Hall reporter Bob Hennelly has more on today's budget ...

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City Economy Drops Sharply in Last Quarter of '08

Friday, January 30, 2009

New York City's economic trends at the tail end of 2008 don't bode well for the year ahead.

REPORTER: City Comptroller Bill Thompson says the "gross city product" fell for three consecutive quarters with a sharp drop of 5.5 percent between October and December of last ...

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Chancellor Hopes Feds Can Save NYC Schools

Friday, January 30, 2009

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein says he's optimistic the federal stimulus will be able to avert any layoffs in the public schools.

But he says it'll only be possible if Albany helps out as well, by giving the city more flexibility over how it spends state school ...

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Long Island Faces Chronic Problem of Hate Crimes

Friday, January 30, 2009

On Long Island disturbing new allegations have emerged in a high profile hate crime case. The Suffolk County district attorney says the 7 teens who allegedly attacked and killed Ecuadorian immigrant Marcello Lucero last November, had been on a year-long rampage against Latinos.

The 7 teenagers ...

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MTA Chair Wishes He Could Downsize New Transit Hub

Friday, January 30, 2009

The head of the MTA says that if he had to do the Fulton Street Transit Center all over again, he might have opted for a less expensive design.

Speaking on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show, Lee Sander defended his decision to direct half a billion dollars ...

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