Streams

Comptroller Supports Mayoral Control of Schools

Friday, March 20, 2009

City Comptroller Bill Thompson says he supports keeping mayoral control of the schools when the law expires in June. But at the last in a series of hearings on the matter by the assembly's education committee, Thompson called for changing the selection process for members ...

Comment

Ex-NY Comptroller's Aides Charged in Kickback Plot

Friday, March 20, 2009

A grand jury has indicted Hank Morris - the top strategist for former State Comptroller Alan Hevesi. He faces charges that he made tens-of-millions of dollars in illegal profits, by manipulating the state pensions Hevesi controlled. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: In addition to Morris, ...

Comment

Main Street NYC: The Bowery

Friday, March 20, 2009

All so-called Main Streets are not alike. In Manhattan, main thoroughfares like Broadway, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street have gone through massive changes- yet they maintain anchor tenants that bring people back over and over. So it is with the Bowery. In the third installment ...

Comment

Business Group Says Mayoral Control Helps Graduates

Friday, March 20, 2009

The president of the pro-business Partnership for New York City says mayoral control has improved the public schools. Kathryn Wylde testified at the city's final state assembly education committee hearing on the matter today. She says employers now have more faith in city graduates. Wylde ...

Comment

MTA CEO: Expect Fare Price Hike

Friday, March 20, 2009

MTA CEO Lee Sander has confirmed that the MTA could approve a $2.5 subway fare next week. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein has more.

REPORTER: With little movement in Albany on the Ravitch plan, Sander said an MTA committee will vote Monday, to be followed by the full ...

Comment

300,000 Don't Claim Earned Income Tax Credit

Friday, March 20, 2009

Governor David Paterson is encouraging low income New Yorkers to take advantage of the earned income tax credit available on tax filings. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

Comment

The Danger to Delis

Friday, March 20, 2009

Deli and bodega owners ask for help from the city. Guest: Patricia Salcedo, owner of Ted’s Deli in Washington Heights.

Comment

Budget Deadline Fast Approaching

Friday, March 20, 2009

The March 25th deadline for an agreement in Albany on how to fix the MTA's over $1 billion budget deficit is quickly approaching.

REPORTER: Governor Paterson is determined to have a plan by next week, but speaking on WOR radio today, he says there's currently no ...

Comment

Bullish on Broadway

Friday, March 20, 2009

Theaters get a boost after changing the way they sell tickets. Guest: Greg David, Crain’s New York Business.

Comment

Study Finds People of Color More Likely to go Without Insurance

Friday, March 20, 2009

One out of every three New Yorkers under 65 spent part of the last year without health insurance. That's according to a new study from the health care consumer group, Families USA.

REPORTER: The study says that people of color are more likely to go without ...

Comment

At Least Someone is Getting Free Health Care in this City

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Fee spay/neuter clinics for the city's stray cats
Every New Yorker has seen them slinking through a fence into a construction site or dashing down an alley. Feral cats. There are tens of thousands of them living on the streets of the city, the offspring of lost or abandoned ...

Comment

NYC Population Growth Exceeds Expectation

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The city's population has climbed to a record 8.36 million. That's according to new Census figures released today. And the number is growing faster than expected. WNYC's Lisa Chow reports.

REPORTER: Brooklyn added the largest number of people, but Staten Island saw the biggest percentage jump. ...

Comment

Harness Doubts in Worker Death at Hotel Tower

Thursday, March 19, 2009

A construction worker at a luxury hotel on Park Avenue South died yesterday after stepping over a guard rail and onto a flimsy piece of plywood. WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports.

REPORTER: To honor 28-year-old Anthony Paino, fellow construction workers at the future Gansevoort Park Hotel attached ...

Comment

City Says Some Business are Beating Layoffs

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Layoffs may make the headlines but the city wants you to know that some businesses are actually thriving, due to the NYC Business Solutions Training Program. the program has retrained more than 1900 workers in the last year alone in order to make small businesses ...

Comment

Downtown Housing Complex May Downsize

Thursday, March 19, 2009

At 76 stories, the Beekman Tower on Spruce street was supposed to be the tallest residential building in New York City. But the developer may stop work at half-the-height because of the poor economy. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The sleek, narrow tower, designed by ...

Comment

Bloomberg to Senate: Don't Study MTA to Death

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The deadline for an MTA rescue plan is growing closer and Mayor Bloomberg says it's all up to the State senate.

BLOOMBERG: And if they don't get on board for what everybody believes will work, what the professionals believe will work, then we're just going to ...

Comment

Building Commish: NYC Should Regulate Its Cranes

Thursday, March 19, 2009

City officials say the federal government is considering new regulations that could greatly diminish the city's authority over regulating cranes. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez has more:

REPORTER: Department of Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri testified in front of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration yesterday. He told officials ...

Comment

Bloomberg Defends Finance Commissioner, Again

Thursday, March 19, 2009

For the second time this week, Mayor Bloomberg has had to offer an explanation for his beleaguered Finance Commissioner Martha Stark. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: The latest flap was over a simmering dispute with the City's Department of Investigation and Stark. DOI wanted a ...

Comment

Ravitch Faults Senate's MTA Counterproposal

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Richard Ravitch, the former MTA chief who headed a commission that crafted the original rescue proposal, says he understands people don't want tolls, or a proposed payroll tax on businesses, to pay for mass transit.

RAVITCH: but people don't want a subway and commuter rail system ...

Comment

Why Do New Yorkers Pay Sky High Electric Rates?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

HOST: New Yorkers pay some of the highest electric rates in the nation – 45 percent higher than the national average. Critics say there's something funny with the way electricity is bought and sold.

MCCULLOUGH: If you walked into the local grocery store and you found ...

Comment