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Brigid Bergin

Reporter

Brigid Bergin is the City Hall and politics reporter for WNYC. 

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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Brigid Bergin appears in the following:

Council Speaker Envisions Future Without Rikers Island

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Mark-Viverito announced a commission to scrutinize the future of the city’s isolated detention facility.

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City Steps Up Security at Hotels that Shelter Homeless

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The move follows the fatal stabbing of a homeless mother and 2 of her children at a Ramada on Staten Island. Police are searching for a suspect.

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What Pay For Public Servants Tells Us About How NY Government Works

Monday, February 08, 2016

New York's City Council just voted to give themselves a raise. Soon, they'll earn nearly double what state legislators make.

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Two NYPD Officers Shot in the Bronx

Thursday, February 04, 2016

The officers were shot on Thursday night, just miles from where Mayor Bill de Blasio was giving the State of the City address. Officials say their injuries are not life-threatening.

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Horse Carriage Deal Collapses After Union Pulls Out

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Negotiations broke down one day before a scheduled vote in the City Council. 

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Council Member Wants Higher Raise

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

A plan to boost City Council member salaries — and reform the position— is close to a vote. But not everybody's happy about it.

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De Blasio Grilled for Five Hours by State Lawmakers

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Mayor's annual testimony about the city's budget priorities was hijacked by lawmakers pushing a property tax cap for New York City. 

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New York City Councilmember Comes Out On Twitter

Friday, January 22, 2016

James Vacca, who represents parts of the north Bronx, has been a fixture in the borough's politics for more than 30 years.

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Mayor Proposes $82 Billion Preliminary Budget for 2017

Thursday, January 21, 2016

De Blasio's plan includes new federal grant money to pay for ongoing Sandy repairs along with increased pension investments as the city's retiree population lives longer.

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Five Things to Watch For in de Blasio's Budget Proposal

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The mayor's budget comes a week after the governor proposed shifting nearly a billion dollars in state spending to the city. But that money may not show up in the mayor's budget either.

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Mayor Tries to Rescue EMS

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

One month after WNYC reported on record-long response times, Mayor de Blasio plans to add $5.4 million to expand the number of ambulance tours and get paramedics to the scene faster.

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De Blasio Is Making Moves on His Horse Carriage Ban Promise

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Two years into office, Mayor de Blasio is making headway on a horse and carriage ban, a piece of legislation he planned to pass his first day in office.

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De Blasio Flush With ‘Campaign’ Cash

Friday, January 15, 2016

The advocacy group tasked with touting Mayor Bill de Blasio's political agenda gave it a million dollar boost in the last six months. 

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De Blasio To Fight State Budget Cuts 'By Any Means Necessary'

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The mayor and Governor Cuomo are offering diverging views on what the proposed state budget means for New York City.

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Cuomo's Budget Would Shift Some Costs to the City

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Governor Cuomo has laid out an ambitious $145 billion dollar budget. And he's found ways the state can save money. One of them: by making the city pay more. 

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Council Cries Foul after Bratton Meeting

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Members of the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus asked the commissioner to explain his opposition to a series of police reform bills. Bratton declined.

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The Mayor and the Governor's Simultaneous But Separate Press Conferences

Thursday, January 07, 2016

WNYC transportation reporter Kate Hinds and City Hall and politics reporter Brigid Bergin talk about Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo's dueling press conferences and proposals.

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De Blasio to Raise Minimum Wage for City Workers to $15 an Hour by 2018

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Speaking to WNYC in a broadcast exclusive, the mayor said it's part of his broader push to raise 800,000 New Yorkers out of poverty over 10 years.

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Homeless Policy Latest Issue to Divide Cuomo, de Blasio

Monday, January 04, 2016

City officials say state order won't change its homeless outreach policy.

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De Blasio Vows to Punish Landlords Who Reject Homeless Vouchers

Thursday, December 24, 2015

In the wake of a WNYC report on problems with his rental subsidy program, the mayor is vowing to crack down on landlords who discriminate against the homeless.

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