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Cindy Rodriguez

Cindy Rodriguez is the Urban Policy reporter for New York Public Radio.  

Her stories include in-depth looks at homelessness, neighborhood violence and more recently the impact of Sandy on poor communities in flood damaged areas.  She’s won the Associated Press’ Best Enterprise Reporting award twice – most recently in 2010 for a story that exposed unscrupulous landlords taking advantage of people living on the margins and desperate for a place to live.

Rodriguez has also covered New York’s immigrant population.  A story about an immigrant restaurant worker who narrowly escaped death on September 11th won her an NFCB Golden Reel Award. Originally from San Antonio, she moved to New York City in 1995 and lives in Queens. 

Cindy Rodriguez appears in the following:

In Solitary, Inmates Languish, Despair and Attempt Suicide: Report

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A new report details the rough treatment of inmates placed in solitary confinement at New York City's largest jail system, Rikers Island.

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Shadow of Jail Violence Darkens Bus Ride to Rikers

Friday, August 29, 2014

As problems at Rikers Island reach a tipping point, and the need for reform becomes urgent, mothers, aunts, fiancées and others travel there regularly to check up on loved ones.  

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When it Comes to Rikers, the City Never Learns

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This one alleges system-wide violations of inmates' constitutional rights, describing brutal acts of violence committed by Rikers guards.

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Federal Prosecutors Say Rikers Guards Violate Teens' Constitutional Rights

Monday, August 04, 2014

Bharara calls violence by guards "the first impulse rather than the last resort" after two-year investigation.

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This is Why Public Housing Buildings Are Falling Apart

Monday, July 28, 2014

New York City's public housing authority went from being a national model to one of the worst landlords in the city in the decade between 2001 and 2011.

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Fiscal and Repair Challenges Await New NYCHA Head

Friday, July 11, 2014

Shola Olatoye, 39, must now contend with crumbling buildings, lack of revenue and spikes in crime in the nation's largest public housing authority.

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Teen Who Stabbed Classmate Is Indicted for Manslaughter

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

WNYC

Noel Estevez has been charged with second degree manslaughter instead of murder. The lesser offense means he will no longer be charged as an adult and his case will be moved to family court.

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For the Jailed Mentally Ill, Release Is Shaky

Friday, June 06, 2014

WNYC

Advocates say people often get released without the prison system recognizing they need treatment.

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Alleged Attacker of Kids in Elevator Saw Parole Officer After Stabbings

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The man police believe killed a 6-year-old boy inside the elevator of a Brooklyn public housing building had a history of mental illness and violent behavior.

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Head of Rikers Says Jail System Is Broken

Monday, June 02, 2014

The city's jail system is in deep trouble, says the city's new Department of Correction Commissioner.

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Report: Bloomberg Housing Policy Falls Short

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A new report found that one of Mayor Bloomberg's signature affordable housing policies has fallen short of expectations.

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Independent Budget Office Says Parking Tickets Are the Top Fine Generator

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Restaurant owners and vendors may often feel like they are shouldering the biggest burden of city fines, but it's actually drivers who pay the most into city coffers. 

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To Create Housing for Homeless, Landlords Evict Paying Tenants

Monday, August 12, 2013

Desperate for shelter space, New York City has been paying landlords in low income communities much more for their apartments than they could get in the private market. The result? Landlords are pushing out paying tenants to make room for the homeless.

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Judge Rules a New Wage Law Invalid

Monday, August 05, 2013

In a victory for Mayor Bloomberg, a state supreme court judge has deemed a so-called Prevailing Wage Law invalid. After overriding a mayoral veto, the law was passed by the city council in the spring of 2012. Bloomberg sued to stop it from going forward.

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Fast Food Workers Strike for Third Time

Monday, July 29, 2013

Hundreds of fast food workers walked off their jobs and staged vocal protests at several fast food locations Monday in New York and in other cities across the country. Organizers said that the turnout was the largest so far, with over 100 stores across the city targeted. 

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Public Housing Residents Worry About Future at Hearing

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Hundreds of public housing residents waited in long lines to attend a hearing on the future of their developments. Among their chief concerns was a plan to develop luxury housing within eight New York City Housing Authority properties.

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Food Stamps: Who Are the Potential Losers?

Friday, July 12, 2013

As the battle over cutting food stamps in Washington heats up, here's a look at who in our area receives assistance from the federally-funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP.

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Housing Less Affordable Under Bloomberg

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

WNYC reporter, Cindy Rodriguez, discusses her reporting which found that the rent burden has become greater during the Bloomberg years. 

 

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As Bloomberg Built Affordable Housing, City Became Less Affordable

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

WNYC

Near the beginning of his three terms in office, Mayor Bloomberg made two promises: He'd pump billions into affordable housing. And he'd do everything he could to make the city more desirable. He kept both promises.

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State Must Reimburse Millions in Lost Food Stamps

Monday, July 01, 2013

A major legal settlement will provide significant relief for food stamp recipients who lost their benefits recently. The settlement stems from a 2012 federal class action lawsuit that alleges the state violated federal rules by stopping people's benefits before allowing them a chance to correct infractions.

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