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City and State Closer to Agreement on Child Care Providers

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New York State and New York City appear to be closer to a deal that would continue funding child care providers who work from their homes. The state had threatened to withhold about 40 million dollars a month because the city has refused since 2007 ...

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Parking Remains Tough in Park Slope

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Parking in Park Slope, Brooklyn is no laughing matter, and there's no sign it's getting any funnier. A study just released by the New York City Department of Transportation finds that a 98 percent occupancy rate of parking spots was virtually unchanged when the city ...

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NY Gov Commutes Sentences of Two Inmates

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Governor David Paterson has granted clemency to two inmates, but criminal justice advocates are disappointed, saying he's failed to overhaul what they call "unfair drug policies."

Paterson commuted the sentences of one inmate serving 20 years on a drug conviction, and another who was serving 15 ...

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New Yorkers' Resolutions

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year's Eve means party time for many - but it's also a time of reflection for those who want to make changes in the year ahead. Brooklyn's Rose Marie Champaignie has already made her list of resolutions.

CHAMPAIGNIE: To be more careful with spending, save ...

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Study: New Yorkers More Likely to Have Diabetes

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Adults in New York City are about 30 percent more likely to have diabetes than the national average. And a larger proportion of local diabetics aren’t even aware they have the illness. That’s according to a new Health Department study, one of the most ambitious ...

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Sen. Diaz Blast Paterson's Budget Cuts

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

One of the three dissident Democratic state senators who's challenged Queens Senator Malcolm Smith's move to become senate majority leader now says he'll go up against Gov. Paterson's plans for budget cuts.

Bronx State Senator Ruben Diaz Senior says he represents the poorest district in the ...

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Diaz Under Pressure to Support Smith in Senate

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New York State Senator Ruben Diaz Senior is under intense pressure to get behind Queens Senator Malcolm Smith's bid for Senate Majority Leader.

The Working Families Party, unions and gay rights advocates, among others, are hoping for a united Democratic majority to shepherd through Gov. Paterson's ...

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NJ Budget, Looking Ahead

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Governor Corzine says he'll announce hundreds of millions of dollars in spending cuts to close a $1.2 billion gap in this year's budget. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has the details.

REPORTER: Officials say cuts are necessary because for two months running, state tax revenues have fallen a ...

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Rough Weather for New Year's Eve

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year's revelers will face subzero wind chills from Times Square to Buffalo as snow, wind and low temperatures drop New York into a deep freeze on the last day of 2008. While the city will see light snowfall throughout the afternoon, National Weather Service ...

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Village Voice Lets Hentoff Go

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

After fifty years with the Village Voice, legendary jazz critic and civil liberties reporter Nat Hentoff is writing his final column. It is not his choice. Hentoff learned yesterday that he is one of three Voice writers who are being let go.

HENTOFF: Let's say you've ...

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Judge May Offer Protection to Madoff Investors

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The judge presiding over civil claims against disgraced financier Bernard Madoff says he may be willing to offer protection to Madoff's investors from the Securities Investor Protection Corporation.

The SIPC, created by Congress and funded by the securities industry, can give customers up to half a ...

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Homage to Pinter

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Broadway will dim its lights at exactly 7 p.m tonight in memory of Harold Pinter, the playwright, actor and director. Pinter died late last week. Harold Pinter won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005 and wrote 30 plays in his career, including "The Homecoming" ...

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The Year in Performance

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Cultural critic Claudia LaRocco brings us some high, low and frivolous items from the year in performance: from being jilted by French opera director Gerard Mortier to the best little theater in Queens.

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Bloomberg Defends Israel

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg says he supports Israel in its response to Hamas and that if the U.S., or New York City, were faced with similar deadly attacks, it would react the same way. He dismisses the criticism that Israel's use of force is disproportionate.

BLOOMBERG: If you're ...

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Graft Bust

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A private security guard has been arrested for taking pay-offs on behalf of contractors looking to meet with officials at the Department of Buildings.

The City's Department of Investigation has 56-year-old Carroll Henry, a guard employed by Allied Barton International. Henry allegedly kept a list and ...

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Special Ed Spending

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

WNYC has learned that New York City spent $89 million sending students with disabilities to private schools during the 2007-2008 school year. That's an increase of more than 50 percent over the previous year.

The education department's lead attorney, Michael Best, says the increase is largely ...

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After Collapse, Jets Fire Coach Mangini

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Jets have fired coach Eric Mangini, a day after the team failed to make the playoffs.

The Jets started the season 8-3 under quarterback Brett Favre, but went 1 and 4 in their final five games, and failed to make the playoffs for the second ...

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Sen. Diaz Responds to Negative Ads

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Voters in the Bronx are being bombarded with ads and mailings accusing state Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr and Sen.-Elect Pedro Espada Jr of being disloyal Democrats.

The two men have declined to support Democratic Leader Malcolm Smith for Majority Leader, putting Democrats' control of the state ...

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Budget Cut Fight

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

One of the three dissident senators who has challenged Queens Senator Malcolm Smith's move to become Democratic majority leader, says that he'll now challenge Governor Paterson's plans for budget cuts. Bronx State Senator Ruben Diaz Senior says he represents the poorest district in the senate, ...

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Non-profits Take Hit in Madoff Fallout

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Bernard Madoff's alleged ponzi scheme is hitting New York non-profits that serve many causes - including criminal justice work. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The charities all got grants from the JEHT Foundation, which is shutting down operations in January because its own funders lost their ...

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