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Brigid Bergin

Brigid Bergin is the City Hall reporter for WNYC. She covers city politics including the 2013 mayoral race and transition. 

Her reporting has been featured on NPR, Marketplace, the BBC, ABC Radio, The Takeaway, NY1 and KPCC.  Previously she worked as the station’s general assignment reporter, filing for both WNYC and NPR and has covered a range of stories including Occupy Wall Street, the 2012 elections, and the aftermath of the massacre in Newtown, CT. She’s also traveled to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to report on the trial of the five men accused of plotting the September 11th terror attacks.

Brigid has a passion for breaking news and served as WNYC’s first Breaking News Producer. In that role, she directed on-air coverage for major breaking news events like the death of Osama Bin Laden and Hurricanes Irene and Sandy. She also managed WNYC’s dynamic morning team. Before becoming a journalist, Brigid spent more than eight years at JPMorganChase as a communications manager. She's also a proud graduate of the New York State public education system earning her B.A. at University at Albany and her M.A. from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

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Outspoken Civil Rights Attorney Joins Team de Blasio

Thursday, July 17, 2014

WNYC

Mayor de Blasio tapped civil rights attorney Richard Emery to revive the much-maligned Civilian Complaint Review Board, the agency that handles allegations of police misconduct.

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What Mayor Bill de Blasio Will Be Doing on His Summer Vacation

Thursday, July 17, 2014

WNYC

As Mayor Bill de Blasio travels around Italy, he plans to search for one specific thing.

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De Blasio's Lobby Group Has Major Union Backing

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

WNYC

Three unions gave $800,000 to Campaign for One New York, the lobby group supporting Mayor Bill de Blasio's agenda.

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Calling All Middle Schoolers: City's Summer Programs Still Have Seats

Monday, July 14, 2014

Mayor de Blasio is encouraging families that haven't nailed down all of their summer plans to sign up for a few thousand seats that are still available in summer enrichment programs.

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This Week in Politics: The de Blasios' Roman Holiday

Saturday, July 12, 2014

WNYC

As a LIRR strike looms, Governor Cuomo sits on the sidelines while Mayor de Blasio plans a 10-day vacation to Italy.

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Coming Jan 2015: NYC Municipal ID Card

Thursday, July 10, 2014

WNYC

The card, dubbed NYC ID, is intended to help people access city services and enter city buildings Officials are also negotiating with banks, stores, restaurants and cultural institutions to also recognize the ID.

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A Pledge to Fight NYCHA Crime

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

WNYC

Mayor Bill de Blasio backs up pledge to make public housing safer with added millions in investment.

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Mayor de Blasio, and Union Contracts, at 6 Months

Thursday, July 03, 2014

After six months in office, the mayor says he has reached labor deals with unions representing over 60 percent of the city's workforce - including most recently District Council 37. Brigid Bergin, WNYC political reporter, talks about what the deals indicate about the mayor's approach.

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De Blasio and DC 37 Union Strike Deal

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

WNYC

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city's largest public workers union announced a tentative contract agreement.

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Breaking Down Rangel's (Slim) Lead

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Congressman Charlie Rangel has declared victory in New York's 13th congressional district Democratic primary. But he only leads Adriano Espaillat by about two thousand votes, and a significant number of absentee ballots have yet to be counted. WNYC political reporter Brigid Bergin and Data News team's John Keefe break down the politics and data of the super-close race.

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Rangel Declares Victory

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

WNYC

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Rep. Charles Rangel is ahead of State Sen. Adriano Espaillat 47.4 percent to 43.6 percent in a primary election to secure the Democratic nomination for the 13th congressional district.

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Congressman Rangel Battles For Political Survival

Monday, June 23, 2014

The New York representative runs a real risk of losing to Dominican-American rival Adriano Espaillat in Tuesday's Democratic primary. Rangel is one of the longest-serving members of Congress.

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This Week in Politics: A Primary Gets Contentious, a Budget Is Not

Saturday, June 21, 2014

WNYC

Democrats bare their teeth and show their lovey-dovey side as a primary in an uptown congressional race gets heated. City Hall delivers the least contentious budget in decades — and the Albany session limps to its finale.

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Rangel vs. Espaillat: A Test For Progressives

Friday, June 20, 2014

WNYC

Next Tuesday’s primary election may feel like déjà vu for voters in the 13th congressional district in Upper Manhattan and parts of the Bronx, but the city’s politics have shifted in a decidedly more progressive direction.

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The Meaning of Change in NY-13

Thursday, June 12, 2014

WNYC

Democrats running in the June 24 primary for the upper Manhattan and Bronx congressional seat held by Rep. Charles Rangel debate the merits and meaning of change.

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This Week in Politics: Crime and Punishment

Saturday, June 07, 2014

WNYC

The balance of power in Albany starts to tilt

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Puerto Rican Voters Could Elect the First Dominican Congressman

Friday, June 06, 2014

WNYC

State Senator Adriano Espaillat is gaining big-time support in the race to represent East Harlem's congressional district, which has some of the city's highest concentrations of Dominican and Puerto Rican voters. But he’s up against major seniority: Rep. Charlie Rangel, who’s been serving Harlem for 40 years. 

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De Blasio Orders Second Review of City’s 911 System

Friday, May 30, 2014

WNYC

Mayor de Blasio calls for a thorough review of 911 operations after a series of reports on WNYC details problems with the city's emergency response.

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Fire Unions Demand Changes to City’s 911 System

Thursday, May 29, 2014

WNYC

Elected officials and fire union members will rally Friday morning, after the de Blasio administration suspended a multi-billion dollar project to upgrade the 911 system.

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Union Says Delay Cost Officer His Life

Thursday, May 29, 2014

WNYC

When firefighters arrived to put out a blaze in a Coney Island high rise last month, they didn’t know two police offers lay trapped in the 13th floor hallway until it was too late. One officer died in a tragic failure to communicate.

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