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Ailsa Chang

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Queens Imam in Zazi Case Faces Deportation

Thursday, April 15, 2010

A federal judge in Brooklyn has ordered Queens imam Ahmad Afzali to leave the country in 90 days after he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

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New York 9/11 Trial Is 'Not Off the Table'

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Attorney General Eric Holder says New York City is still "not off the table" as a place to try alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. His remarks came during a hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

Holder says he'll consider the concerns of local officials in New York ...

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Imam Linked to Zazi Ordered to Leave U.S.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Queens imam Ahmad Afzali has been ordered to leave the country in 90 days after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI.

Afzali, who was born in Afghanistan, was linked last September to Najibullah Zazi, the Denver airport driver who plotted to blow up bombs on New York subways. Specifically, Afzali ...

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NYC Doormen Rally for New Contract

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

More than 10,000 doormen, porters, handymen, and other apartment workers took to the streets of the Upper East Side to keep all their health benefits and sick days.

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With No Progress in Albany, OTB Appears Close to Finish Line

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Lawmakers in Albany have ended session for the week without deciding on a bailout for New York City Off-Track Betting. Union leaders say that means 1,300 workers will be without jobs this Sunday if the bankrupt OTB proceeds with its plan to shut down all city parlors.

Local union president Lenny ...

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Doormen Rally for New Contract

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

More than 10,000 doormen, porters, handymen, and other apartment workers took to the streets of the Upper East Side to keep all their health benefits and sick days.

Members of the union, 32BJ, say they'll strike if they don't get a new contract by next Wednesday. Building owners say the ...

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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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