Arun Venugopal

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Top Lawmaker Urges Governor to Reconsider Controversial Plan

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver says Governor Spitzer still has time to re-think his plan to issue drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants.

REPORTER: Silver voiced concerns that the current, 3-tier plan could scare away illegal immigrants, by singling them out. But he said that ultimately, the governor ...


Homelessness Among Veterens on the Rise in New York

Monday, November 12, 2007

According to a new report the number of homeless veterans in the state increased dramatically between 2005 and 2006, up from 12,700 to over 21,000.

REPORTER: Senator Charles Schumer says veterans of the war in Iraq are becoming homeless much faster than they did after the ...


Tunnel Machine Moves Beneath Manhattan

Friday, November 09, 2007

That furious sound you hear comes from about 170 feet below midtown Manhattan - a TBM or tunnel boring machine inching its way through the city's underground rock.

The TBM weighs 640 tons and is 22 feet wide. MTA engineers say the $10 million machine works ...


Lawmakers Push for Independent 9/11 Panel

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Lawmakers are asking Mayor Bloomberg to create an independent panel of health experts to help determine who exactly qualifies as a victim of 9/11. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: The 3 Representatives - Carolyn Maloney, Vito Fossella and Jerrold Nadler - say the process of ...


New York's Holiday Season Begins with Hindu Festival

Monday, November 05, 2007

Hindus across the city are celebrating the beginning of Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights.

The five-day festival marks the victory of good over evil and involves the lighting of lamps and the gifting of sweets. This evening, elected officials will gather with Hindus ...


Bloomberg Talks About Major Changes in Some Neighborhoods

Thursday, November 01, 2007

The city is on a re-zoning spree - in recent weeks major areas of Jamaica, Queens and Bedford-Stuyvesant have been rezoned, in order to encourage development.

REPORTER: This morning, with an eye on his legacy, Mayor Bloomberg gave a sense of just how big the change ...


More Bike Lanes, And More Bikers, On City Streets

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Congestion pricing may have grabbed the headlines in recent months but it's not the only way the city is trying to cut traffic and pollution. As part of Mayor Bloomberg's environmental initiative, known as PlanYC, the city is set to have 1800 miles of bike ...


Governor Spitzer Criticized Over New License Program

Monday, October 29, 2007

Immigrant advocates say Governor Spitzer is changing course on his plan to give illegal immigrants drivers licenses. Under a NEW proposal, the state would provide undocumented workers with separate I-D's from citizens or permanent residents. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

Immigrant rights groups are expressing disbelief ...


Speed Bump for Waste Disposal Proposal

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg's plan to haul the city's trash out on barges at Gansevoort Street has hit a major roadblock - Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. He wants the city to consider another location. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

Speaker Silver supports the idea of using barges to ...


Waste Transfer Station on Hold in the Assembly

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg's plan to have the city's trash hauled out by barges on the Hudson is facing a familiar hurdle: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Silver says the mayor's proposal to locate a waste transfer station on Gansevoort would place it in the middle of Hudson ...


Bloomberg Wants City to be Hub for Medical Research

Monday, October 15, 2007

Construction on a new biotech center on the East Side is underway. Mayor Bloomberg and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the 700 million dollar Alexandria Center for Science and Technology.

REPORTER: Patrick Foye, with the state's Empire State Development Corporation, ...


Mayor Wants Guarantee of No More Transit Strikes

Monday, October 15, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg says the city would oppose any effort by the transport workers union to restore a dues checkoff. A judge rejected the checkoff after the 2005 strike and the union recently went back to court, seeking to get it re-instated. But the mayor says ...


Unions Accuse FDNY Officials of Interfering in Deutsch Bank Investigation

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Two firefighters unions claim the fire department encouraged a cover-up of the investigation into the fire at the Deutsche Bank building.

REPORTER: Union leaders say higher ups at the department were told at a meeting to stop sending emails about the investigation. The unions have called ...


African Burial Ground Receives National Honor

Friday, October 05, 2007

A tiny patch of land in lower Manhattan becomes the nation's 74th National Monument in an elaborate ceremony today. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more on the African Burial Ground, the final resting place for thousands of New York slaves.

REPORTER: One of the things that construction ...


Columbia, Community Board Present Expansion Plans

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Columbia University and Community Board 9 went before the City Planning Commission once again, with competing visions for 17 acres of West Harlem and what's known as the bathtub. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: The bathtub is the term given to the enormous area that ...


Nassau County Calls for Investigation into Raids

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Nassau County officials say they were misled into participating in federal immigration raids across Long Island, thinking they were only targeting gang members. Now they're calling on Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff to initiate an investigation. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: The raids resulted in ...


Columbia Receives More Support for Expansion

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Columbia University is one step closer to the approval of its West Harlem expansion plan. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer is now backing it. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: Stringer gave his support on the condition that Columbia help him minimize gentrification outside the 17-acre ...


Congestion Pricing Commission Meets for the First Time

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Several weeks after it was created, the commission charged with studying Mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan got work yesterday. WNYC's Arun Venugopal was at the first, contentious meeting.

REPORTER: Although outnumbered, opponents of congestion pricing were quick to take on supporters on the commission. Two Assembly ...


Preview of Today’s General Assembly

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The 62nd session of the U-N General Assembly continues today. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

President Bush didn't participate in yesterday's Climate Summit, but he'll be one of the first speakers today. He's slotted in between the leaders of Brazil and Ghana and well ahead of ...


Protestors Denounce Ahmadinejad

Monday, September 24, 2007

Crowds estimated to be in the thousands turned out on Dag Hammarskjold plaza near the UN to protest the appearance of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

REPORTER: Many of the protesters were with Jewish groups but the event also drew some Iranian Americans, including Mary Mirian.

MIRIAN: Throw ...