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Legislative Leaders Play Cards Close on Cutting Budget

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Governor Paterson says the upcoming elections are preventing legislative leaders from being forthcoming about cuts they'd be willing to make to bridge a $1.5 billion budget gap for this fiscal year.

Patterson says his patience with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Republican majority will only last another week or so.

PATERSON: I'm ...

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Can Dems Sweep New York City's Congressional Delegation?

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Republicans have held on to the Congressional seat in Staten Island for the last 28 years, but that may very well change on Election Day.

Polls suggest Democratic Candidate, Councilman Michael McMahon is likely to defeat his Republican opponent, former Assemblyman Robert Straniere.

The two are vying for the seat that’s being ...

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The Hip Hop Vote

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Hip hop has played a visible role in presidential politics since at least the early 90s, when Bill Clinton had his Sista Souljah moment and denounced the performer's racially-charged statements.

In the last couple election cycles performers like Sean Combs, or Diddy have encouraged young people to get out and vote. ...

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Plastic Wrap

Thursday, October 30, 2008

How credit cards are using sophisticated data analysis to tighten up consumer lending.

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Getting Ready for Election Day

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Absentee voters are showing up at their borough board of elections office in record numbers. At the Brooklyn office this morning, Jonathan Snyder gave up after being told the wait could be an hour.

SNYDER: A bit annoyed. I'm pretty confident my candidate is going to win in New York but ...

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NYC to Overhaul Elevators in Public Housing

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The New York City Housing Authority plans to spend $107 million to replace more than 500 aging elevators.

This comes in the wake of several accidents, including the death of a 5-year-old boy who fell down a shaft trying to escape a stalled elevator at a public housing project in Brooklyn.

The ...

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MTA Seeks Federal Stimulus Fund

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is the latest to join the bread line that's forming outside the U.S. Capitol. New York is facing the worst fiscal crisis in decades. Yesterday, as Gov. Paterson testified before Congress on why New York needs federal stimulus money, transit officials outlined their wish list. The ...

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Queens State Senator Takes Aim at Majority

Thursday, October 30, 2008

While all eyes are on the historic presidential election next week, the New York State Senate may be making big news of its own. The Democrats are two seats shy of seizing the majority and if they do, they will have control for the first time in four decades.

REPORTER: As ...

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NJ Handles 250,000 Absentee Ballots

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Officials in New Jersey say they're ready to handle what's expected to be record-high voter turnout next week. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this update.

REPORTER: County election officials reported a record-setting quarter of million absentee ballot requests from voters, like 45-year-old John Luchese. He voted early this week in Morristown, and ...

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NYS Senate: Evaluating a Power Shift

Thursday, October 30, 2008

With the Election just 5 days, there's an intense battle underway and it's not just over the White House. Control of the New York State Senate also hangs in the balance.

Republicans have controlled the Chamber since 1965 but their majority has shrunk to only 2 seats. As the Republicans try ...

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NY Gov: Tax Hikes Unlikely This Year

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Governor Paterson says a deepening recession means that he and the state legislature have to find another $2 billion in cuts for the current budget year, and another $45 billion in cuts through 2012. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Governor Paterson says the global crisis is causing a rapid drop ...

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From Soccer Pitch to Silver Screen

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

French athlete Zinedine Zidane is a star on the soccer field... and now on the big screen. "Zidane" the film is running this week only at BAM and at Anthology Film Archives.

WNYC's Siddhartha Mitter has these observations on the way soccer becomes a work of art.

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Financial 411

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

It was a roller coaster session on Wall Street today, as the fed tried another move to stimulate the economy, cutting a key interest rate by half a percentage point to one percent, its lowest level in 50 years. The Dow closed down 74 points at 8,990. The S & ...

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MTA Warned Not to Balance Budget on Backs of Riders

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

With two days to go before Halloween, transit advocates handed out treats to board members of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, as they warned the agency against committing budget-balancing "tricks" on commuters.

REPORTER: Gene Russianoff, with the Straphangers Campaign, handed out fortune cookies, with "fortunes" like, "In hard times, it's unfair to ...

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Long Island Roads Deadliest for Pedestrians

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Suburban pedestrians beware. A new report has identifies the most dangerous roads to cross and the infamous Queens Boulevard does not top the list. Long Island's Hempstead Turnpike had three times as many pedestrian fatalities as Queens Boulevard between 2005 and 2007.

Next on the list is Long Island's Sunrise Highway. ...

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Paterson Asks DC to Bail Out New York

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Governor Paterson is in Washington, DC, today, asking Congress to help bail out New York.

Speaking before the House Ways and Means Committee at a hearing on a second economic stimulus package, Paterson asked for federal block grants, similar to those given after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

REPORTER: He says ...

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Political Pumpkins Popping Up

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Reporter: When you want to display your enthusiastic support for a candidate, you can pin a button to your coat; slap a bumper sticker on your car; tape a sign to your window. Or you can do what these two women are doing: carve a Barack O’Lantern.

Women: I hope this ...

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Brooklyn Mother Denies Killing Child

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A Brooklyn mother accused of killing her 11-year-old daughter was arraigned inside a Brooklyn court room yesterday. Florencia Vasquez is facing second degree murder, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez has more.

REPORTER: Prosecutors say the mother had been beating her daughter, Alejandra Vasquez for over a month. ...

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NY Economy Will Worsen Before It Gets Better: Business Experts

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Business leaders and economists are warning state Assembly members that New York's economy won't hit bottom until next year as housing prices fall and the financial sector sheds jobs. Kathryn Wylde is president of the pro-business Partnership for New York City. She says the city's securities industry expects to permanently ...

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Councilmembers File New Suit to Block Term Limits Extension

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

City Council members who opposed a term limit extension have filed a new lawsuit. It cites conflict of interest laws to challenge last week's vote in the council.

REPORTER: The attorney for the new suit, Randy Mastro, says the City Charter prohibits elected officials from voting on something they would benefit ...

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