Ailsa Chang

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How Times Square Businesses Prepare for Emergencies

Monday, May 03, 2010

Policemen and street vendors have been applauded for their quick reaction to Saturday's bomb scare, but how did the shops and businesses in Times Square respond? WNYC's Ailsa Chang has been talking to officials at hotels and businesses in the area to answer some questions about what kind of security ...


Bloomberg in Times Square: 'We're Not Going to Let Them Win'

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Police are still investigating the failed bomb attack in Times Square Saturday night and who might be responsible for parking the SUV filled with explosives. Mayor Michael Bloomberg says even though New York is such a prominent target, people should feel safe living here because ...


Betting on a New Demographic for OTB

Friday, April 30, 2010

The Kentucky Derby is tomorrow. For more than 125 years, that race has meant seersucker suits, fancy hats, and frosty mint juleps. But that’s not the scene at the Off-Track Betting parlors here in the city, where bettors watch the horses. These bankrupt parlors feature ...


Jury to Hear Case Against Queens Man Accused of Supplying al-Qaida

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The trial of a former Queens student accused of sending equipment to al-Qaida fighters begins Wednesday in Lower Manhattan. Syed Hashmi, 30, faces four counts of providing support to the terrorist organization.

A federal judge ruled Monday that the jury for Hashmi will remain anonymous and ...


Deal Reached Between Doormen and Building Owners

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Negotiators for building workers and real estate owners agreed on a tentative four-year contract shortly after midnight, averting a strike by some 30,000 doormen, porters, concierges, and handymen that was set to begin Wednesday morning.

The new contract gave the building workers nearly everything they demanded: wage increases, full employer-paid ...

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Deal Reached to Avert Strike by Doormen

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Negotiators for New York City building workers and real estate owners reached agreement on a tentative four-year contract, averting a strike by some 30,000 doormen, porters, concierges, and handymen that was set to begin Wednesday morning.

The deal was reached shortly after midnight, as negotiations at ...


OTB Avoids Shutdown, but Faces Major Cuts

Monday, April 19, 2010

Workers at the bankrupt New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation say they're relieved operations did not shut down over the weekend, but about half of the 1,300 employees could lose their jobs by the end of the year.

OTB worked out an emergency plan over the ...


No Deal for Doormen Yet

Friday, April 16, 2010

Intensive contract negotiations are underway to avert a strike next week of nearly 30,000 doormen, porters, concierges and other apartment workers in the city. The workers say they will strike if building owners try to reduce health and retirement benefits and sick days.

Contract negotiations resumed ...


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.


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 ...


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 ...

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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.


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...

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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...

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