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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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McCain Turns to Vets to Burnish War Credentials

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

As Sen. Barack Obama appears on TV screens shooting hoops with U.S. troops in Iraq, John McCain's campaign is trying to counter the Obama media blitz by enlisting millions of veterans.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more from Holmdel, N.J.

Veterans converged at the Garden State's Vietnam Veteran's Memorial to help launch New ...

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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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Dems Line Up Behind McMahon on S.I.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The National Democratic Party is lining up behind Staten Island Democrat Mike McMahon as he runs for the seat that'll be vacated by Republican Congressman Vito Fossella. WNYC's Arun Venugopal reports.

REPORTER: Councilman McMahon could be the first Democrat to win the seat in 28 years, and that's motivated other Democrats ...

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NYS Bill May Weaken NYC Plastic Bag Recycling

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A law requiring big stores and chains to recycle plastic bags is supposed to take effect today, but a bill pending in Albany could preempt the effort. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more on the battle of the bag bills.

REPORTER: Both Albany and the city agree something has to be done ...

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Developers Seize Tax Break Program

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Bucking a national trend, the number of permits for constructing new residential buildings in the city more than doubled in June, compared to the same period last year. As WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports, developers trying to take advantage of a tax exemption program before it becomes more restrictive could be ...

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Natural Gas Drilling: Is New York Ready?

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Marcellus Shale is what industry people call an unconventional play. It’s loaded with natural gas, from Eastern Ohio to the Catskill Mountains. But the gas is very hard to extract. It’s packed tight 7,000 feet deep.

Today, with energy prices at record highs, extracting that gas looks to be affordable, ...

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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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State Official Responds to WNYC/ProPublica Investigation

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A joint WNYC/ProPublica investigation has found New York State officials scrambling to prepare for an expected boom in gas drilling upstate. You may have heard Ilya Marritz' report on Morning Edition.

Our investigation found state environmental officials vouching for the safety of a drilling procedure that has been linked to water ...

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MTA Fare Hike Draws Stiff Criticism

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's proposed 8 percent fare and toll hike has everyone talking and it hasn't even been officially unveiled yet. The 2009 budget proposal will be formally released tomorrow, but some of the details are already in the news. The agency says rising fuel costs and slumping real ...

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Governor Supports Low-Interest Loans

Monday, July 21, 2008

Gov. David Paterson is supporting a plan to create low-interest student loans for public and private universities in New York. The state Commission on Higher Education proposed the subsidized loan program, which would be financed through tax-exempt bonds, in a 105-page report released Monday.

Education advocates are giving mixed reviews to ...

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Subway Delays gets Worse: MTA

Monday, July 21, 2008

Subway delays have been steadily getting worse since the heyday of 2003, when 97 out of every 100 trains ran on time. Now that number has fallen to 91. But after years of complaining that they are being caused by track improvements, transit officials have found another explanation. WNYC's Matthew ...

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City Hosts Cyber Summit for Parents

Monday, July 21, 2008

Parents who don't know Facebook from Twitter will have a chance to get up to speed at a one-day summit later this summer. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced a CyberSafety Summit, designed to help bridge the digital divide between generations:

QUINN: Join us on August 9th here at City Hall ...

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Fake Art at the Brooklyn Museum

Monday, July 21, 2008

One third of the Brooklyn Museum's Coptic art collection is fake. And the museum plans to highlight that fact in an exhibition early next year. But critic Lee Rosenbaum says that could be good news for museums and museum patrons.


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New Senate Majority Leader Presses for Property Tax Cap

Monday, July 21, 2008

New York State lawmakers ended their session nearly a month ago, but legislative leaders were back in Albany yesterday for discussions with Gov. David Paterson. Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver sat down with Paterson to talk about issues including the fiscal problems facing the state ...

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Argentine Triathlete Dies in NYC Competition

Monday, July 21, 2008

An autopsy will take place today on a 32-year-old man who died during the New York City triathlon yesterday. It's the first death in the event's eight-year history. The police identified the man as Estaban Neiva from Buenos Aires. Race director Bill Burke says other competitors alerted medical personnel during ...

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MTA 2 TXT U

Monday, July 21, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is about to unveil a new service that will alert riders to unplanned service disruptions, by e-mail or text message. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: The MTA already has an email and texting service, but that only works for planned disruptions, like weekend track work. The ...

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Buyback Program Collects Nearly 700 Guns

Monday, July 21, 2008

The city paid cash for 687 guns as part of a gun buyback program over the weekend. WNYC's Kathleen Horan has more.

REPORTER: On Saturday five churches in Brooklyn doubled as drop off locations for New Yorkers who wanted to exchange their firearms for $200. A spokesperson for the DA's office ...

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Latin American Food Carts Set Up at Brooklyn Park

Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Latin food vendors are back at Red Hook Park in Brooklyn.

After months of trying to meet Health Department regulations and coming up with thousands of dollars to buy food trucks and equipment, six vendors returned over the weekend. Four more vendors are expected to join them this week if ...

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Gov. Paterson Warns Americans Against Complacency on Race

Friday, July 18, 2008

In what has been an historic presidential election cycle, Governor Paterson warned all Americans not to become too complacent about the advancements the country has made in civil rights and race relations.

REPORTER: Speaking on National Public Radio's, "Tell Me More," Paterson says there are several issues that need to be ...

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