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Andrea Bernstein

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Help Us Crack a Case of Albany Corruption: The $3 Million Mystery

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

WNYC

There’s a new report out that alleges corrupt misdeeds in Albany, including hidden campaign expenditures and bundles of contributions made to non-profits connected to lawmakers. Among the many findings, one stood out to us: A non-profit, housed in a New York City storefront, has received $3 million in funding from state lawmakers to provide medical services, but doesn't appear to have offered much in the way of services.

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Governor Cuomo, in Full Disaster Mode, Seeks Press

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

WNYC

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is not Gov. Chris Christie. Cuomo does not regularly do national television interviews like "Meet the Press." He does not regularly out-wit reporters to a draw. He does not seek — and seek, and seek — the national glare. But there are exceptions: during disasters the magnitude of storms Sandy or Irene, and now Metro-North, he'll do things like pick up the phone and call Brian Lehrer.

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Don't Worry, Trains Are (Mostly) Still Safe

Monday, December 02, 2013

George Bibel, mechanical engineering professor and author of Train Wreck: The Forensics of Rail Disasters --  says that trains are up to 20 times safer than car travel (and 45 if you discount a recent Los Angeles crash), but that high-profile accidents like this can change perception.

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NJ Lawmaker Demands Appearance by Port Authority Chief on GWB Lane Closures

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

WNYC

The New Jersey Assembly is subpoenaing Port Authority chief Pat Foye to explain closures on the George Washington Bridge earlier this year which snarled traffic for a week. The Port Authority's shifting explanations have led several state Democrats to charge it was a politically-motivated act of retribution against Fort Lee's mayor  -- who didn't support Governor Chris Christie's re-election.

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This Week In Politics: Entering Stage Right, and Left

Saturday, November 23, 2013

WNYC

New Jersey Gov.Chris Christie took a big step on the national stage this week, rising to head the National Governors Association. Meanwhile, incoming Mayor Bill de Blasio talked transition under a big tent, and outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg shored up his legacy with a balanced budget announcement. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein, Brigid Bergin and New Jersey Public Radio Managing Editor Nancy Solomon break it down in This Week In Politics.

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2/3 of City Streets are Near Schools, Subject to Lower Speed Limits

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

WNYC

A new WNYC Data News map of public and private schools shows that two thirds of streets are within a quarter of a mile of schools, with that number climbing to nearly nine of every 10 streets in Manhattan, 82 percent of streets in Brooklyn, and 74 percent in the Bronx.

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The de Blasio Budget: A Tale of Two Pies

Monday, November 18, 2013

Put on Mayor-Elect Billl de Blasio's to do list: negotiating new contracts for almost 300,000 workers, who say they're owed as much as $7 billion in back pay from a roughly $70 billion budget.

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This Week In Politics: Waning and Waxing

Saturday, November 16, 2013

WNYC

The Bloomberg administration enters its waning days as Chris Christie gets ready to assume a national post — and from towers near grand central terminal to traffic on the George Washington Bridge, WNYC's Andrea Bernstein and Brigid Bergin, and New Jersey Public Radio's Nancy Solomon break it all down.

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A Year After Sandy, No New Hurricane Plan From NJ Transit

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

WNYC

The 2013 hurricane season is now over and New Jersey Transit still does not have a updated hurricane plan – more than a year after losing hundreds of its rail cars during Sandy.

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NY's MTA -- Fare & Toll Hikes in 2015 & 2017 Won't Be As Large

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Some years ago, to crawl out of its budget hole, NY's MTA said, essentially, there would be fare and toll hikes in perpetuity. But on Wednesday, the authority said, well, at least the hikes for 2015 & 2017 will be about half of what we projected. 

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MAP: Limiting Speeds Near Schools Would Affect Most City Streets

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

State law says New York City can lower speeds on streets within a 1/4 mile of school. That's 55% of city's streets -- including 3/4 of those in Manhattan and more than 2/3 of those in Brooklyn and The Bronx.  WNYC/Transportation Nation mapped the streets, as momentum builds for a law to restrict driving speeds to 20 mph in parts of the city.

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Anticipating Bill De Blasio's Policy Positions

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

While Bill de Blasio has been very clear where he stands on certain issues, he has not yet taken a public stand on a number of other policy decisions. Dana Rubenstein, reporter for Capital New York, and Andrea Bernstein, Metro Editor for WNYC News, provide their predictions for the new mayor.

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This Week in Politics: But Wait — What Kind of Mayor Will de Blasio Be?

Saturday, November 09, 2013

There was broad consensus among New Yorkers that Bill de Blasio was the best choice on Tuesday's ballot. He got 73 percent of the vote and won among every major demographic group. But now that the election is over, what do we actually know about how he will govern? WNYC Metro Editor Andrea Bernstein and reporters Brigid Bergin and Anna Sale review what we know — and the potential wild cards.

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Citi Bike: 5 Million Rides, 10 Million Miles in First Five Months

Friday, November 08, 2013

WNYC

Okay, we'll bite. It's certainly PR, but also kind of an irresistible factoid: Since its Memorial Day launch, Citi Bike riders have ridden 10 million miles in 5 million rides.  To be sure, there's a ton of stuff the city isn't telling us -- like Citi Bike crash data, re-balancing problems, dock malfunctions, the number of customer service complaints, and a financial summary.  But the numbers they did hand out do capture the imagination.

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Transition Day One

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

What now for Bill de Blasio? Ester Fuchs, professor of international and public affairs and political science at Columbia University and former adviser to Mayor Bloomberg, and Andrea Bernstein, metro editor at WNYC News, discuss what comes next for New York City's newest mayor.

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Today In Politics: De Blasio's Big Win Means a Big Mandate

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

WNYC

Bill de Blasio romped last night, winning the vast majority of election precincts, no matter which racial group was dominant.

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De Blasio's Long, and Lucky, Campaign

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Bill de Blasio wins this campaign with a mandate and near-unanimous praise for his skills as a political operator. He was right that voters were hungry for something different from Bloomberg, and he gave them a consistent message of change. But after a rough start to his campaign, de Blasio also benefitted from a few lucky breaks.

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Listen: This Is What Six Mayor-Elects Said in Their Victory Speeches

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

WNYC

Who said "I intend to be the Mayor of all of the people"?  Who said "all groups are part of this city"?  Who said "I'm grateful and humbled by the mandate the people of the city have given me"?  Test your knowledge and get a glimpse of what New York felt like, beginning in 1965.

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This Week in Politics: Could Staten Island Go Democrat?

Saturday, November 02, 2013

WNYC

Staten Island has traditionally been a Republican stronghold.  Joe Lhota campaigned there Friday with the former Mayor, Rudy Giuliani.  But with Bill de Blasio looking at historic margins, there's a possibility all five boroughs might vote for the Democrat.  Plus — more on who's giving to Bill de Blasio, and how his campaign is getting less and less transparent.

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Tears Flow as Council Ponders Speeding Bill

Thursday, October 31, 2013

WNYC

There was not a dry eye in the room Thursday morning as the parents and sister of a 12-year old boy killed by a van in Brooklyn testified in favor of a bill reducing speed limits in New York City's residential areas to 20 mph. The chair of the City Council's transportation committee, reporters, even the taxi owner lobbyist who'd come to testify against the bill -- couldn't stop crying. We were sobbing too.

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