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Ailsa Chang

Ailsa Chang appears in the following:

Trouble with the Law: From Laid-Off to Liberated

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Sanjay Manocha had a sinking feeling it would be him.

More than a year ago, his law firm announced there would be layoffs. Manocha had practiced for four years at that point, and was already having mixed feelings about his career as a litigator. He often found himself chained to ...

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Trouble with the Law: Laid-Off Attorneys Pursue New Paths

Thursday, April 08, 2010

These are the people who did everything right. They hustled for good grades in college, crammed for the LSAT, sweated through three years of law school – all to be shuttled into a cushy job that could help them pay off massive debts.

But for 27-year-old Mike Kremen, a law degree ...

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State Workers Union Rejects Request to Give Up Raises

Friday, April 02, 2010

Union leaders for state workers say if Gov. David Paterson wants them to give up a 4 percent raise to help the state's financial crisis, he needs to negotiate with them directly -- instead of bargaining in front of TV cameras.

"I had hoped that he would talk to us, frankly," ...

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Paterson Defends Delay in School Aid

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Gov. David Paterson is defending his decision to delay $2.1 billion in state aid to schools, saying he had no choice.

"Our financial situation is so vulnerable that we have to consider everything in order to keep the state from becoming bankrupt," Paterson says.

Paterson was at a census event in the ...

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NY Court Hears Lawsuit Challenging Public Defender System

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

New York's highest court heard arguments today in a lawsuit charging that the state is violating its constitutional duty to provide effective counsel to poor people accused of crimes.

The New York Civil Liberties Union filed the suit in 2007, and says overworked and under-trained lawyers fail to show up for ...

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City Agrees to $33M Settlement in Strip-Search Lawsuit

Monday, March 22, 2010

The city has agreed to pay $33 million in a class-action settlement to 100,000 individuals who were illegally strip-searched at city jails between 1999 and 2007.

One plaintiff, 39-year-old David Sanchez from the Bronx, was told to strip after arriving at Rikers Island in 2006 for possessing pot.

"I squatted. I grabbed ...

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Number of Homeless Living on City Streets Up 34%

Friday, March 19, 2010

The city's Department of Homeless Services says there are now 3,111 homeless people living on city streets, nearly 800 more than last year's count. That's a 33.6 percent increase.

Commissioner Robert Hess says the increase is the result of the economic downturn, not because of a shortage in the city's ...

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Monserrate Loses Bid to Keep Senate Seat

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Hiram Monserrate, who was expelled from the state senate, has lost his bid to get his seat back. He lost to Democratic Assemblyman Jose Peralta in a special election in Queens last night. WNYC's Ailsa Chang reports.

REPORTER: It wasn't even close. The unofficial returns gave Peralta 65 percent of the ...

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Final Push in Queens Special Election

Monday, March 15, 2010

Former state senator Hiram Monserrate from Queens will try to win back his seat in tomorrow's special election.

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Monserrate Makes Final Push Before Special Election

Monday, March 15, 2010

Former state senator Hiram Monserrate from Queens will try to win back his seat in tomorrow's special election. Monserrate was expelled from the senate after being convicted of assaulting his girlfriend.

He spent the last day of the campaign riding in the back of a pickup truck waving posters, fliers, and ...

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Monserrate Loses Expulsion Suit Appeal

Friday, March 12, 2010

A federal appeals court has rejected former Queens state senator Hiram Monserrate's request to undo his expulsion from the senate and cancel a March 16 special election to fill his vacant seat.

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Monserrate Heckled at Candidate Forum

Friday, March 12, 2010

Former State Senator Hiram Monserrate and Assemblyman Jose Peralta had their first, and probably only, face-off before the March 16th special election for state Senate. WNYC's Ailsa Chang was in Jackson Heights last night to hear the candidates answer questions from voters.

REPORTER: All night long the crowd heckled Monserrate. At ...

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Monserrate's Request to Reverse Expulsion is Rejected

Friday, March 12, 2010

A federal appeals court has rejected former Queens state senator Hiram Monserrate's request to undo his expulsion from the senate and cancel a March 16 special election to fill his vacant seat.

Monserrate tried to appeal a district court decision upholding the state legislature's authority to expel its members. He must ...

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Peralta Attacks Monserrate in His First TV Ad

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

In the home stretch before the March 16 special election for the District 13 state Senate seat, Democratic Assemblyman Jose Peralta is running his first TV campaign ad. The commercial launches immediately into an attack on his opponent, former Queens state Sen. Hiram Monserrate. It opens with security video footage ...

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Monserrate (and Peralta) Campaign for March 16 Special Election

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Voters in Queens will decide if former State Sen. Hiram Monserrate should get his job back after being expelled from the Senate last month by a vote of 53-8. He’ll be running against Assemblyman Jose Peralta in a special election on March 16. Although Peralta has won every major endorsement ...

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Black Leaders: Let Paterson Stay

Friday, March 05, 2010

Influential black leaders across the city say Gov. David Paterson should not resign right now.

A group convened by Al Sharpton met at the Harlem restaurant Sylvia's last night, and they decided that the investigations against Paterson should run their course before a decision is made.

"We think the governor deserves ...

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Manhattan DA Creates Unit to Prevent Wrongful Convictions

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance is setting up a "Conviction Integrity" unit in his office to help prevent wrongful convictions. One of the unit's outside advisors will be Barry Scheck, who directs the Innocence Project -- a national group that helps exonerate wrongfully convicted people.

Scheck says New York doesn't have ...

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Religious Groups Endorse Monserrate

Monday, March 01, 2010

Religious leaders in Queens have pledged their support for Hiram Monserrate in the special election to fill the expelled State Senator's seat on March 16.

They say they appreciate Monserrate's vote against gay marriage last year. One local leader, Rev. Gilbert Pickett says he applauds Monserrate for his vote against New ...

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Gay Rights Groups Target Monserrate

Friday, February 26, 2010

Residents in former state Sen. Hiram Monserrate's district are getting their first mailings from "Fight Back New York."

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Dem Party Chief Taps Cuomo

Friday, February 26, 2010

State Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs says now that Gov. David Paterson won't run in the fall, momentum will build to support Andrew Cuomo as the Democratic candidate for governor.

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