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Officers to Get More Training on Dealing with Mentally Ill

Sunday, September 28, 2008

The NYPD is set Monday to retrain hundreds of police officers on how to deal with emotionally disturbed people. This after a squad trying to help one distraught Brooklyn man on Wednesday used a Taser stun gun, causing the man to fall from a ledge and suffer fatal head injuries. ...

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Jose Rivera Faces Party Leadership Challenge

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Bronx Democrats meet Sunday night to decide whether Assemblyman Jose Rivera should keep his job as party chairman in the borough. He's facing a challenge from committee members who say he practices nepotism and favors Puerto Rican party members. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

REPORTER: Since the September 4th primary, Rivera has ...

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Some Business Leaders Optimistic Despite Wall Street Woes

Saturday, September 27, 2008

While there's talk of turbulence and anxiety in the financial markets, some business leaders are taking the long view.

REPORTER: Barry Gosin is the CEO of Newmark Knight Frank, the global real estate leasing company. He says he's optimistic about what's coming next.

GOSIN: There's always opportunities, there's always a silver lining, ...

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New York Democrats Optimistic on Bailout Deal

Saturday, September 27, 2008

New York area congressional Democrats are expressing optimism that agreement can be reached by tomorrow on a financial rescue plan for Wall Street.

REPORTER: Queens Congressman Gregory Meeks blames Republican infighting for the breakdown in negotiations delay earlier this week.

MEEKS: It seems that their imploding and their implosion is hurting the ...

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New Jersey Considers Budget Cuts Amid Economic Turmoil

Saturday, September 27, 2008

First it was Governor Paterson who called for mid-year budget cuts as a response to the crisis in Wall Street. Then it was Mayor Bloomberg. Now, New Jersey lawmakers are nervously eyeing their budget, as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

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Public Housing Elevators Consistently Fail Inspections

Friday, September 26, 2008

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer says his office began looking into safety issues after a 5-year-old boy fell to his death while trying to leave a stalled elevator at a Housing Authority development.

STRINGER: We looked at 87,000 records in total and what we found was three out of four NYCHA ...

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Stocks Up but Credit Still Down

Friday, September 26, 2008

After being down most of the trading session stocks turned higher into the close as investors nervously wait for some kind of resolution on the government's proposed financial bailout. The Dow closed up 121 points -- just over one percent. The NASDAQ was down just 3 points. Credit markets though ...

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Financial Sector Shuffles Its Workers

Friday, September 26, 2008

The federal bailout for Wall Street may also bail out financial analysts who've lost their jobs. If the $700 billion package goes through, Wall Street will need people to make sense of the troubled mortgage-related assets that are crippling the economy. WNYC's Lisa Chow reports.

REPORTER: Steve Lesser works at a ...

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Cargo Scanning Delayed

Friday, September 26, 2008

It's taking more time and more money to roll out a new radiation detection system for cargo that enters ports here in New York and elsewhere. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more on a report from Congress's Government Accountability Office.

REPORTER: The GAO says developers won't meet a November deadline for creating ...

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Bronx Dem Chairman Faces Rebels This Weekend

Friday, September 26, 2008

This weekend, Bronx Democrats will determine whether Assemblyman Jose Rivera can keep his post as chairman of the Bronx Democratic Party. In a rare insurgency, fellow Assembly members are trying to oust him. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

For most people, the minutiae of local politics escapes them. Take the county party ...

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Bike-Eye View of Critical Mass

Friday, September 26, 2008

The Bloomberg administration has been widely praised for its efforts in promoting bicycling. All across the city new bike lanes are being built and more riders are being drawn to biking. But one group of riders continues to be at odds with the city - the participants in the monthly ...

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Community Concerned Over Taser Death

Friday, September 26, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg and police officials are trying to placate concerns that the NYPD is not equipped to deal with the mentally ill. It follows the death of a man who fell from a ledge outside his apartment building after an officer used a stun gun on him. WNYC's Fred Mogul ...

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The Prelude Festival Puts the Spotlight on Contemporary Theater

Friday, September 26, 2008

The theater season is underway. In addition to offerings in big houses on Broadway, there are under-the-radar productions populating smaller spaces all over the city. One theater festival already underway gives a snap shot of all of that action: Prelude Festival. Claudia La Rocco is a cultural critic who's been ...

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Dow Gains on News of Bailout Deal

Friday, September 26, 2008

Congress and the White House have reached an apparent agreement on a bailout plan for the nation's financial industry and it has big implications for New York City. Marking its first positive close this week, the Dow gained about 197 points to 11,022. The S&P 500 added 23 points to ...

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Good Bye Tappan Zee

Friday, September 26, 2008

The project will take $16 billion to complete, and could add space for express buses and commuter trains.

State Transportation Commissioner Astrid Glynn says it's a better deal because repairing the current bridge, wouldn't save much money, if any.

GLYNN: What we have said after looking at it in great detail is ...

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Some of the City's Financial Institutions Are Weathering Struggling Economy... So Far

Friday, September 26, 2008

New York City's small community banks and credit unions are concerned about the health of the US economy, but not all of them are feeling the turmoil on Wall Street.

Or the nervousness ignited by Washington Mutual's failure. Jack Lawson is CEO of the Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union, which serves ...

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Brooklyn Community Leaders React to Taser Death

Thursday, September 25, 2008

State Sen. Eric Adams is a frequent critic of the NYPD.

He says it's one thing to discipline individual police officers but the problem of how to interact with the mentally ill is system-wide.

ADAMS: We don't have an effective policy in the city and state of New York of how to ...

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City's Hypertension Rates Lower Than Rest of U.S.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Despite New York City’s reputation as a pressure cooker, its residents have less hypertension than the rest of the country. That’s according to a new study published by the Health Department. But as WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports, officials say the study also highlights the need to do more.

REPORTER: You might ...

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Debate Night Schedule

Thursday, September 25, 2008

7PM on AM 820 The Next President

7PM on 93.9 FM "Our Lenny" Festival

8PM on AM 820 and 93.9 FM Election Reset with Brian Lehrer

9PM on AM 820 and 93.9 FM Presidential Debate with Jim Lehrer

11PM on AM 820 NPR Debate Special plus a live national call-in

11PM on 93.9 FM New ...

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