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Deal Reached for Ground Zero Church

Friday, July 25, 2008

A small church that was destroyed during the September 11th attacks will receive up to $60 million from the Port Authority to help with its move.

This will allow the Port Authority to build an entrance ramp for an underground truck screening center where the church used to be, on the ...

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Spitzer Adminsitration Broke Law with "Travelgate"

Thursday, July 24, 2008

New York's Public Integrity Commission says four members of former governor Eliot Spitzer's administration broke the law when they compiled travel records on former State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno. Karen DeWitt has more.

REPORTER: Commission spokesman Walter Aires says the probe took a full year to complete because Spitzer's aids ...

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NY Sues Banking Giant UBS

Thursday, July 24, 2008

New York is suing banking giant UBS for fraud, saying the company promoted auction-rate securities to its clients, even as the $330 billion ARS market was collapsing last fall.

REPORTER: Eric Corngold is a deputy with State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, and says bank executives were pulling their own personal investments ...

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NJ Pols Breath Sigh of Relief Over Federal Housing Bill

Thursday, July 24, 2008

As congress moves towards passing a far-reaching package to help the faltering housing market, local New Jersey officials are breathing a sigh of relief. WNYC's Bob Hennelly explains how the legislation would help New Jersey:

The federal aid will be felt in New Jersey on two fronts. Communities hardest hit by ...

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Studies Find Health of Hudson River is Mixed

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Two new studies look at the health of the Hudson River, and have found mixed results. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: Scientists at SUNY-Stony Brook analysed concentrations of methyl mercury in Hudson River fish bellies. They found today's levels are two to three times lower than they were in 1970.

Jeffrey ...

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High Wire Act at the Twin Towers

Thursday, July 24, 2008

In August 1974, the daredevil tight-rope walker Philippe Petit pulled the stunt of a lifetime when he walked between the top of the Twin Towers. Tomorrow, a film about his escapade, Man on Wire opens in New York. Harlan Jacobson is a film critic and he joined Amy Eddings to ...

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Quinn Warns of Budget Reconsideration

Thursday, July 24, 2008

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says she can't rule out having to re-open this year's budget to account for a declining economy and shrinking city tax revenues. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Quinn's cautionary comments came in response to a report released earlier this week by the state Financial Control ...

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Subway Riders Face One-Two Punch

Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority formally presented its proposed 2009 budget yesterday. It would raise tolls and fares by 8 percent starting next July, followed by another 5 percent hike in January of 2011. But that meeting was just the first step on a long journey. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

REPORTER: Over ...

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NYPD Defends Shooting of Retired Cop

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says officers had no choice but to shoot a retired colleague who had escaped from a psychiatric ward. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more on the death of Jason Aiello on Staten Island.

REPORTER: According to sources, Aiello was able to escape from Bayley Seton Hospital because he'd ...

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Queens Garment Factory Cheated Workers Out of Millions

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

State officials say a New York City garment manufacturer that made clothing for Macy's, the Gap and other retailers cheated more than 100 workers out of a fair wage.

REPORTER: Factory workers allegedly put in 12-hour days, six or seven days a week, but weren't paid overtime or a proper minimum ...

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Gov. Orders Environmental Review of Gas Drilling

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Governor David Paterson has addressed growing public concerns about an expected boom in gas drilling in upstate New York by ordering a full environmental review.

The move was announced as the governor signed into law a measure to simplify the permit application for energy companies seeking to drill for gas. WNYC's ...

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MTA Budget Proposes 8 Percent Fare Hike

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

MTA Executive Director Lee Sander presented the MTA board with his proposal to ask the state, city and riders for more money next year.

REPORTER: The proposal would include an 8 percent fare and toll hike and $300 million from city and state budgets.

For the most part, the board was sympathetic, ...

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China Protest Disrupts Today Show

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Holding picket signs and chanting, critics of the Chinese government tried to disrupt broadcast of "The Today Show" this morning.

REPORTER: Jodi Jacobson, director of the American Jewish World Service, said her group wanted to bring attention to the dwindling media coverage of China's relationship to the Sudan.

JACOBSON: Our research has ...

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Reforms In Store For Environmental Control Board

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

For years, food vendors and small business owners have complained about what they contend is the red tape at the city's Environmental Control Board. They have to go through the agency to settle outstanding city code violations. But as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, relief may be on the way.

REPORTER: The ...

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Transit Riders Speak Their Minds

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority hasn't even formally proposed a fare hike, but plenty of people are talking about it. WNYC caught a number of them at the West 4th Street subway station in Manhattan yesterday, after the news broke that the transit agency wants to raise tolls and fares by ...

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Official Addresses Environmental Concern Over Drilling

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

New York State plans to begin processing drilling permits for natural gas wells in the Catskills and the Southern Tier of New York in a few months. But as WNYC and ProPublica reported, there are gaps in the plan to regulate this expected boom in drilling on land that ...

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MTA Fares and Tolls Could Go Up Again

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is going to propose another fare and toll hike tomorrow. If approved, it would go into effect next July, making it only the second time in history when the city has seen two fare hikes in consecutive years. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The agency started ...

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Paterson Dubious of MTA Fare Hike Plan

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Gov. David Paterson is not convinced the Metropolitan Transportation Authority needs to raise fares again.

Paterson, who appoints more members to the agency's board than anyone else, says the MTA needs to check its books again to see if there is any other way to balance its budget.

PATERSON: I don't think ...

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Weiner Wants to be Middle Class Hero

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Congressman - and potential Mayoral candidate - Anthony Wiener says he's pro-development but is concerned about the toll that rising real estate costs are taking on middle class New Yorkers.

Speaking at a breakfast put on by Crain's New York Business, the Congressman praised Mayor Michael Bloomberg but said it's unfair ...

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City Services Translated into six Languages

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is ordering all New York City services to be translated into six languages.

The executive order is the first uniform, citywide policy requiring agencies to provide assistance and translation in the languages most commonly spoken by New Yorkers with limited English proficiency.

Those are Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Korean, Italian ...

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