Quantcast

Streams

Chancellor Hopes Feds Can Save NYC Schools

Friday, January 30, 2009

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein says he's optimistic the federal stimulus will be able to avert any layoffs in the public schools.

But he says it'll only be possible if Albany helps out as well, by giving the city more flexibility over how it spends state school ...

Comment

Mayor Lays Out Buget Plan

Friday, January 30, 2009

The continuing crisis on Wall Street has blown a $4 billion hole in the city's next budget and Mayor Bloomberg is proposing raising the sales tax, and slashing 23,000 jobs to make ends meet.

He says 15,000 teachers could be laid off, unless the state uses ...

Comment

City Economy Drops Sharply in Last Quarter of '08

Friday, January 30, 2009

New York City's economic trends at the tail end of 2008 don't bode well for the year ahead.

REPORTER: City Comptroller Bill Thompson says the "gross city product" fell for three consecutive quarters with a sharp drop of 5.5 percent between October and December of last ...

Comment

MTA Chair Wishes He Could Downsize New Transit Hub

Friday, January 30, 2009

The head of the MTA says that if he had to do the Fulton Street Transit Center all over again, he might have opted for a less expensive design.

Speaking on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show, Lee Sander defended his decision to direct half a billion dollars ...

Comment

Bloomberg's Bleak Budget Plan

Friday, January 30, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg presented a nearly $60 billion budget plan for next year and it calls for shared sacrifice to close a $4 billion dollar budget gap.

The mayor says to avoid cutting up to 23,000 jobs from the workforce the City needs union concessions and significant ...

Comment

No Easy Way Through Financial Crisis for City

Friday, January 30, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg made his preliminary proposals on how to close the massive budget deficit going forward.

If his cuts are approved, more than 300,000 jobs will be lost in New York City by next year. The mayor also wants to raise the sales tax.

Kathryn Wylde of ...

Comment

Long Island Faces Chronic Problem of Hate Crimes

Friday, January 30, 2009

On Long Island disturbing new allegations have emerged in a high profile hate crime case. The Suffolk County district attorney says the 7 teens who allegedly attacked and killed Ecuadorian immigrant Marcello Lucero last November, had been on a year-long rampage against Latinos.

The 7 teenagers ...

Comment

Fallen Brooklyn Marine was also Actor, Singer, Writer

Friday, January 30, 2009

Brooklyn Marine Lance Corporal, Julian Brennan was killed in Afghanistan last week. Contrary to the image of the tough soldier, Brennan was also a trained actor, singer and a budding writer. His parents spoke to WNYC’s Kathleen Horan about his 25 years of life:

See ...

Comment

Where Wall Street IS Main Street

Thursday, January 29, 2009

by Isaac-Davy Aronson

President Obama got a bit agitated today over a report showing that, as the economy teetered and the government pumped billions of taxpayer dollars into the ailing financial industry, Wall Street firms doled out $18 billion in bonuses last year. With his treasury secretary, and former New York Fed chief, Tim Geithner beside him at the White House, Obama told reporters:

"That is the height of irresponsibility. It is shameful. And part of what we’re going to need is for the folks on Wall Street who are asking for help to show some restraint and show some discipline and show some sense of responsibility."

Comment

Main Street NYC: Smith Street, Brooklyn

Thursday, January 29, 2009

WNYC's Lisa Chow took a walk down Smith Street in Brooklyn, between Atlantic Avenue and Bergen Street, and checked in with some of the folks who work and live there to find out how things are faring at the start of 2009.

Comments [1]

Councilman Eric Gioia Makes It to Jeopardy!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Could there be an aural pleasure greater than hearing Alex Trebek say your name? Eric Gioia, councilman from Queens, is likely asking himself just that, having attained Jeopardy! immortality (Giopardy?) during yesterday's show. The question--actually, the answer--was 'NYC Councilman Eric Gioia says 10 ...

Comment

Quinn Calls for CCRB to Prosecute Some Complaints Against NYPD

Thursday, January 29, 2009

At a City Council Oversight hearing today, Speaker Christine Quinn called for the City's Civilian Complaint Review Board to take over the prosecution of substantiated cases of public complaints against the NYPD.

Currently the CCRB investigates the charges and only refers the cases of alleged police misconduct the panel ...

Comment

Rep. Nadler Say Stimulus Bill Good for NY

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Rep. Jerrold Nadler says New York will do well under the stimulus bill passed by the House last night (with no Republican support).

He tells WNYC that money for medicaid, transit, and education will all help the economy. He managed to get support for $3B in additional spending on transit, ...

Comment

Main Street NYC: Smith Street

Thursday, January 29, 2009

The crisis that started on Wall Street is now hitting main streets everywhere. WNYC has started a new project called Main Street NYC to track the changes on five streets, in the five boroughs, over the next year. We’ll talk to business owners, landlords, retailers, ...

Comment

Stimulus Package May Make New Transit Center Possible

Thursday, January 29, 2009

The MTA has found a way to dig itself out of the hole it has made at Broadway and Fulton Streets.

MTA CEO Lee Sander says the agency will finish the Fulton Street Transit Center, with the help of money from President Obama's economic stimulus package.

SANDER: ...

Comment

The View from Smith Street

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Brooklyn merchants say no one is buying…and that makes work boring.

Comment

The Third Mind Exhibition

Thursday, January 29, 2009

What’s the sound of no hands clapping?

That’s Amy Hamilton’s spiralling installation “Human Carriage” in the rotunda of the Gugenheim Museum. It’s part of a new exhibition at the Guggenheim that traces the ...

Comment

Council Inquiry Into NYPD Complaint Cases

Thursday, January 29, 2009

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn will convene today an oversight hearing about police misconduct cases. Lawmakers want to explore why the NYPD does not prosecute dozens of cases documented by the Civilian Complaint Review Board. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this preview.

REPORTER: Last year the CCRB ...

Comment

Osage Holds On

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Broadway is having a bad year so far. Nine shows closed in January, and some new productions have been put off because of the economy. But one unlikely play is holding on. Kate Taylor has the story.


More on August Osage County

Comment

Questions Linger Over Gillibrand's Immigration Stance

Thursday, January 29, 2009

City lawmakers and activists plan a rally at City Hall this afternoon to protest U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's record on immigration issues. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

REPORTER: The coalition of politicians and immigrant activists say they're alarmed over what they describe as Gillibrand's anti-immigrant positions. Gillibrand ...

Comment