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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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Transportation Commission Resigns

Monday, April 13, 2009

Governor Paterson has accepted the resignation of his Transportation Commissioner, Astrid Glynn, just a few days after she returned from vacation during state budget time.

In a statement, Paterson thanked Commissioner Glynn for putting together a plan to upgrade the state's rail systems and said he ...

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Dolan Says He Seeks Egan's Advice

Monday, April 13, 2009

As Archbishop Timothy Dolan prepares to become the spiritual leader of New York's 2.5 million Catholics, he says he won’t be shy about turning to his predecessor, Cardinal Edward Egan.

DOLAN: "I gotta be honest – maybe administration would not be my strong suit. So I ...

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Conference to Address Bedbugs

Monday, April 13, 2009

City health officials will be in Virginia this week at a national conference hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency to discuss how best to combat bedbugs. Assistant Health Commissioner Dan Kass says bedbugs have resurfaced in force in recent years, after largely disappearing for many, ...

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Bloomberg in Viriginia to Rally for Gun Control

Monday, April 13, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg was in Virginia Monday, to urge that state's lawmakers to close a loophole that allows private sellers at gun shows to skip full background checks. Bloomberg was joined by survivors and victims family members of the mass shooting at Virginia Tech. He unveiled ...

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Sen. Gillibrand: Now Time for Health Care Reform

Monday, April 13, 2009

Despite the dismal economy, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says now is the time to produce an affordable health care plan for Americans. Gillibrand attended a roundtable in Harlem with health care reform advocates today.

GILLIBRAND: If we can address health care reform now, more of ...

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NYers Can Call 511 for Transit Info

Monday, April 13, 2009

There's 411 and 311 Now New Yorkers can call 511 to get the latest transportation information.

OPERATOR: You can ask for information on traffic conditions, public transportation and ferries, paratransit or ridesharing.

REPORTER: That's the voice of the hotline's automated operator. The service also offers information about ...

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Bloomberg Wants Virginia to Close Gun Loophole

Monday, April 13, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg is with family members of the Virginia Tech massacre victims this morning, calling on the State of Virginia to close a loophole in its gun laws.

Bloomberg is releasing a TV ad in Arlington, urging Virginia to end a practice that allows so-called "occasional ...

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More Are Applying to Public Kindergarten

Monday, April 13, 2009

City parents in several neighborhoods are anxious about whether their local schools will have enough kindergarten slots this coming fall. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: It's hard to know if it's a true economic indicator, because the public school application process is different than it ...

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Insurance…for Insurance Policyholders

Monday, April 13, 2009

How the Liquidation Bureau is like the FDIC. Guest: Mark Peters, head of the NYS Liquidation Bureau.

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In Bronx BP Race, a Favorite Son

Monday, April 13, 2009

With Adolfo Carrion's departure to join the Obama administration voters will head to the polls a week from tomorrow, for a non-partisan special election to fill the Bronx Borough President's seat. And the favorite son appears to be Assemblyman Ruben Diaz Junior. He comes from ...

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A Ping-Pong Comeback

Monday, April 13, 2009

After a 75 year lull, competitive ping-pong is hoping to stage a local comeback. The New York City Open Table Tennis Tournament was held at Columbia University over the weekend, bringing together some of the sport's biggest names from across the continent. Tournament organizer Ben ...

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Clandestine Beekeeping in NYC

Sunday, April 12, 2009

It’s springtime. The birds are chirping, and the bees are starting to buzz all around the five boroughs. But that doesn’t mean you’ll find local, New York City-made honey on a shelf in your grocery store. Hiving honeybees within city limits is against Health Code ...

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Lobstermen Aren't Convinced New Rope Will Protect Whales

Sunday, April 12, 2009

This past week, a hump back whale's visit to New York Harbor raised concern among environmentalists, who were worried the mammal might crash into a boat. The whale has since returned to open sea, just as lobstermen are preparing to set their traps for spring. ...

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New Yorkers Take Advantage of Free Tax Help

Sunday, April 12, 2009

With the April 15th tax deadline quickly approaching, many New Yorkers are spending this Easter and Passover weekend doing their taxes.

REPORTER: Long lines have been forming at the Taxpayer Assistance Center in the IRS building in lower Manhattan, where people can ask tax questions in ...

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Kerrey Calls Occupation of New School Building Illegal

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Friday's occupation of a New School building by demonstrators was "illegal" and "not a legitimate protest," according to university president Bob Kerrey. He told the New York Post on Saturday that he won't step down from his job, a demand of protestors from the group ...

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NYPD and New School Protesters Give Conflicting Accounts of Arrests

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The NYPD and demonstrators at the New School are offering different accounts of a day of protests at the university. More people are facing charges after a second rally Friday night. Two demonstrators were arrested after a crowd tried to march to the home of ...

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Gillibrand Meets With Latino Clergy in the Bronx

Saturday, April 11, 2009

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand continues her New York City tour with constituents as she visits a group of Hispanic clergy Saturday in the Bronx. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

REPORTER: Gillibrand will be one of several elected officials to address the Hispanic Clergy Organization at their ...

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The South Bronx Sounds Off on the MTA Bailout

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Legislative leaders broke for the Passover and Easter Holidays with no transit deal. One of the loudest voices opposing any bridge tolls has been State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. But two thirds of the households in his district don't own cars. WNYC’s Ailsa Chang spent ...

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New School Students Take Over Building

Friday, April 10, 2009

Police van outside of The New School University

Twenty-two people have been arrested for occupying a New School building near Union Square. The protesters want President Bob Kerrey to resign, increased budget transparency, and more communication between students and faculty. The group entered the building around 6 AM and held it for five hours while supporters rallied outside. But not all students at the university were happy with the protesters. David Eisenhauer, a senior who organizes around sustainability issues, says when a protest turns into a police scene, the administration may get less tolerant of other forms of student activism:

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