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Brigid Bergin

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His Ex-Aides Convicted, Liu Proceeds With Mayoral Run

Friday, May 03, 2013

A New York jury handed down convictions Thursday for two of city comptroller John Liu's campaign aides accused of accepting illegal donations for his mayoral bid. Liu says he's "deeply saddened" by the verdicts — but WNYC's Brigid Bergin reports that questions over the mayoral hopeful's involvement could negatively affect his run.

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Jury to Begin Deliberations in Liu Campaign Fraud Trial

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

WNYC

After a two-week trial, the fate of two former John Liu campaign associates rests with a jury. The defendants are accused of conspiring to launder money from big donors seeking to curry favor with the city comptroller and mayoral hopeful John Liu.

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Prosecutors Argue Liu Knew About Fraud Scheme

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

WNYC

As lawyers began boiling down the trial of two of John Liu's former campaign associates on Tuesday, the prosecution made a pointed argument that Liu himself was in on the campaign finance scheme.

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FBI Agent Testifies at Liu Campaign Fraud Trial

Thursday, April 18, 2013

WNYC

As treasurer for the John Liu campaign, defendant Jia "Jenny" Hou was trained to comply with New York City's Campaign Finance Board's rules - rules she's accused of breaking.

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Lawyers Outline Cases in Trial of Liu Associates

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

WNYC

In the trial of Xing "Oliver" Pan and Jia "Jenny" Hou, prosecutors outlined their case Tuesday, saying that it will include evidence from an undercover FBI agent who posed as a wealthy businessman seeking to buy access to John Liu through a campaign donation.

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Liu Aide to Testify at Fraud Trial

Monday, April 15, 2013

WNYC

A key government witness who has worked for City Comptroller John Liu will take the stand during the trial of two people accused of a fundraising scheme connected to his campaign.

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Are Attacks on Quinn Having An Effect?

Saturday, April 13, 2013

WNYC

This week in politics, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn came under fire from animal rights activists and some union members, and her poll numbers ticked down. Former Congressman Anthony Weiner emerged to tell all -- and perhaps run for Mayor. And John Liu got a chilly reception from business leaders, a week before two of his former campaign staffers go on trial for illegal fundraising.

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Attack Ad Prompts Quinn’s Challenge

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

WNYC

A day after being targeted in an attack ad by a new political action committee with anonymous donors, Council Speaker Christine Quinn sent a letter to the rest of the candidates Tuesday challenging them to “condemn and reject” independent expenditures in the mayoral race.

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Quinn Foes to Spend $1 Million to Block Mayoral Bid

Monday, April 08, 2013

WNYC

A group working to challenge Christine Quinn's mayoral bid isn't yet fully disclosing its financial backers. The political committee "New York City Is Not For Sale" plans to spend $1 million against Quinn and already has one ad on the airwaves Monday.

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Castro's Role in Scandal Angers Constituents, Colleagues

Friday, April 05, 2013

WNYC

When Assemblyman Nelson Castro was first elected in 2008, he was hailed as the Bronx's first Dominican American elected legislator. On Thursday, Castro was named as Assemblyman-1 in the bribery indictment of fellow Assemblyman Eric Stevenson. But Castro spent almost his entire tenure in office as a convicted criminal who had been cooperating with law enforcement authorities for years.

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Another Political Scandal Ensnares New York Politicians

Thursday, April 04, 2013

WNYC

For the second time this week, a bribery scandal has ensnared elected officials in New York. On Thursday, federal prosecutors charged Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, who they say accepted cash bribes to help businessmen set up an adult day care center in the Bronx.

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Scandal Forces Candidates to Confront Issue of Corruption

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

WNYC

A corruption scandal is rippling through the New York City Mayor's race. A day after federal prosecutors indicted six people for conspiring to place Democratic State Senator Malcolm Smith on the Republican ballot for mayor, candidates in the current field are working to distance themselves from from the lurid tales of money and politics that prosecutors laid out.

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State Senator Accused Of Trying To Buy A Spot In New York City Mayoral Race

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

A New York state senator was arrested Tuesday morning for allegedly trying to bribe his way into the New York city mayor's race. Malcolm Smith allegedly plotted with five others to fix his entry into the race as the Republican nominee to succeed Michael Bloomberg.

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The Politics of Paid Sick Leave Deal

Friday, March 29, 2013

WNYC

There's a deal at City Hall on paid sick leave legislation, and it has the potential to up-end the dynamic in the Democratic primary race for mayor. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was regularly the target of her opponents for blocking a vote on a bill for years, and Friday, she stood at City Hall to take credit for the compromise bill that is now likely to pass.

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Calling It a Balance, Quinn Says She's 'Proud' of Sick-Leave Bill

Friday, March 29, 2013

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn reached a compromise Thursday night with supporters of a bill that would require companies to provide paid sick leave for thousands of employees in the city.

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Major Threat Looms for City's Fiscal Health: IBO

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

WNYC

The city’s independent budget analysts warned on Wednesday that the fiscal health of the city faces a serious threat: all the city's municipal labor unions are working with expired contracts.

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No End to Paid Sick Leave Debate

Friday, March 22, 2013

WNYC

A contentious hearing on paid sick leave ran for more than six hours Friday at City Hall. The legislation would require employers with more than five employees to offer paid days off for sick employees. Advocates for and against the policy have been arguing on the merits of the bill. But the hearing is also setting the stage for a heated political battle.

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Allies No More? Bloomberg and Quinn Split on NYPD Issues

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Is a rift opening up between Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn? The two have worked closely but are disagreeing sharply over council legislation that would create an independent monitor for the New York Police Department. It’s one of a number of issues that are showing a rift between the mayor and the woman who hopes to replace him.

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Mayoral Candidates Talk Public Safety Post-Bloomberg

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

WNYC

When it comes to public safety, the 2013 mayoral candidates seem to agree on one thing: add more police officers. Beyond that, the candidates differ — to varying degrees — on who those officers would report to, where they would be deployed and what policies they would follow.

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Catholic Church’s Challenges Reflected in City’s Diverse Parishes

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The New York City area is home to about 4 million Catholics, and each church that serves this population has its own challenges and needs. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez and Brigid Bergin check in on a left-of-center church uptown, and one in Sunset Park offering services in four languages.

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