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Paterson to Take 10 Percent Pay Cut

Thursday, March 05, 2009

With New York facing a $14 billion budget deficit, Governor Paterson says he'll take a ten percent pay cut. The governor, in Buffalo to meet with economic development and business officials, told reporters he would "symbolically make the gesture for the state," but he doesn't ...

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City Council Says Paterson Shortchanging NYC Medicaid

Thursday, March 05, 2009

City Council members are decrying the way Governor Paterson allocated federal stimulus Medicaid money, saying the city deserves more than the $1.9 billion it's getting. Council members held a hearing on the stimulus money, hearing testimony from Bloomberg administration officials. They say they calculate that ...

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Community Board Approves $9 Billion Hudson Rail Tunnel

Thursday, March 05, 2009

The largest "Shovel Ready" project in the nation is here in Manhattan, and it cleared a small hurdle last night. Community Board Four, which covers West Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen, gave its approval to the Port Authority's plan to build a $9 billion passenger rail ...

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City State Brawl Over Medicaid Stimulus

Thursday, March 05, 2009

The distribution of Medicaid economic stimulus money in New York has spawned a full-on city-state brawl. It was started by Mayor Bloomberg, whose office issued a statement late last night accusing Governor Paterson of shortchanging the city. Congressman Anthony Weiner piled on today. His office ...

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Brain Docs Debate Memory Drugs

Thursday, March 05, 2009

It's a truism for most of us that if you live long enough, your mind starts to go. But only recently have neurologists begun to understand how memory loss works. Much of this knowledge has emerged while studying Alzheimer's Disease leading some researchers to wonder ...

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Republican Answer to Paterson's Budget

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Senate Republicans were the first at the State Capitol to release their alternative to Governor Paterson’s state budget. Reporter Karen Dewitt has more.

DEWITT: The senate Republicans, who are in minority in that house by just one seat, reject both Governor Paterson's dozens of new taxes ...

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MTA in Albany Urging Rescue Plan

Thursday, March 05, 2009

By the end of this month, commuters and straphangers should know how much more it will cost to get in and out of New York City. MTA officials are back in Albany this morning where they are trying to hash out an agreement on a ...

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Armory Arts Week Takes Over New York

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Armory Arts Week is a city-wide biggest contemporary art fair, with galleries from around the world packed into Pier 92 and 94, looking to sell new work. It's a way to ogle great artwork, and as critic Carolina Miranda tells us, it offers great people-watching ...

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Watch Out for Recession Scams

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Government agencies are warning of a sharp rise in frauds targeting people who have fallen into financial hardship because of the recession.

Mindy Bockstein, chair of the New York State Consumer Protection Board, says she saw a 300 percent increase last year in so-called "phishing scams" ...

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Show Me the Money! Bloomberg Aides Upset with Governor

Thursday, March 05, 2009

In one of his sharpest breaks with Governor, Mayor Bloomberg is accusing David Paterson of shorting the city of hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid funding from the federal stimulus package. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein has more.

REPORTER: With some fanfare yesterday afternoon, the Governor trumpeted ...

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125,000 in NYC Lose Jobs in Last Six Months

Thursday, March 05, 2009

More than 125,000 New Yorkers lost their jobs in the last half year. That's according to the latest state labor department figures. The unemployment rate saw the largest two-month increase in two decades. Almost 4000 job-seekers were feeling those numbers today, at a job fair ...

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The Armory Show Kicks Off - in All 5 Boroughs

Thursday, March 05, 2009

The city's biggest contemporary art fair, The Armory Show, kicks off today, with a twist. This year the show is hosting public events in all five boroughs, and artists outside of the mainstream art market are getting into the act.

Chris Vilardi works with artists in ...

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Playwright Horton Foote Dies

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Horton Foote, whose more than 50 plays and films chronicled small-town life in America in the 20th Century, died yesterday at age 92. Among his memorable works are the nine-play cycle “The Orphans’ Home” and the screenplays for “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Tender Mercies.” ...

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Fewer Homeless on City Streets

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

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The city says a group of volunteers counting the homeless on a cold night in February found just over 2300 people. That's a 30 percent drop compared to last year. Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs says the results are counter-intuitive, given the economic crisis. But she says people living on the streets are typically not the ones who've lost jobs or homes.

GIBBS: While there are clearly economic issues, it is more fundamentally about the underlying untreated mental illness and substance abuse that most often occurs.

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Training Plan to Combat Nursing Shortage

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Amy Smith, a recent graduate of a CUNY Nursing Program spoke at St. Vincent's Hospital today to support the partnership between CUNY and New York City Hospitals.

Amy Smith, a recent graduate of a CUNY Nursing Program spoke at St. Vincent\'s Hospital today to support the partnership between CUNY and New York City Hospitals.

New York City needs more nurses. Due to a growing and aging population, city officials project a shortage of 7,000 nurses in 2020. Yet 575 qualified applicants were turned away from city nursing schools last year because the schools themselves are short-staffed. Speaking at Saint Vincent's Hospital in Greenwich Village today, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says that in this economy, we should be filling all vacancies.

QUINN: 'These are 575 New Yorkers who want to be nurses, who are ready to work, and may not be working now because we didn't have the proper resources to train them.'

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Today in History: FDR's Inaugural

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

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March 4, 1933

This great nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper.

So first of all let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.

In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.

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Skelos: Republicans Will Oppose MTA Plan

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

State Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos says no Republican will vote for the MTA rescue plan. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: While some New York City Democrats have been expressing concerns about the proposed tolls on the East River Bridges, Skelos says Republicans object to ...

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Stakeholders Weigh in on Coney Island Plans

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Coney Island needs more jobs, amusements, retail, housing and more: That's what residents and elected officials seem to agree on. What they don't agree on is how to redevelop the historic district. WNYC's Kathleen Horan has more from last night's community board hearing.

REPORTER: Dick Zigun ...

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NY Assembly Mull Repeal of Drug Laws

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The New York Assembly is poised to pass a repeal of the state's drug laws, ending the 36-year-old mandatory sentencing requirements of the Rockefeller Drug laws. While they've gradually been relaxed in the past five years, today's bill would give judges the discretion to sentence ...

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Young Poets Face Off in Slam

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Young poets are taking their craft to the stage. Last night, 14 young spoken-word artists faced off in the annual New York Knicks Poetry Slam.

One finalist was 17-year-old Elton Ferdinand from the High School for Public Service in Brooklyn. His poem was about how his ...

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