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:
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.
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.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
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.
Friday, June 06, 2014
Advocates say people often get released without the prison system recognizing they need treatment.
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.
Monday, June 02, 2014
The city's jail system is in deep trouble, says the city's new Department of Correction Commissioner.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
A new report found that one of Mayor Bloomberg's signature affordable housing policies has fallen short of expectations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
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.
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.
Friday, June 14, 2013
Facing a $205 million shortfall, the New York City Housing Authority says its bracing for up to 500 layoffs, worker furloughs and the closings of dozens of community and senior centers.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Leaving an abusive relationship is often a long arduous process. Victims at times hold on to hope things will change, or they stay because they are financially dependent. But experts say people also hesitate to leave because they don’t want to abandon their pets.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
6,000 bikes were added to city streets Monday as the city launched what it called the largest bike share program in the country.
Friday, May 24, 2013
The recent spate of anti-gay hate crimes has shocked many in the gay community. According to police, these crimes have more than doubled so far this year from 14 to 29, and most have been in Manhattan. But gay advocacy organizations say, and police acknowledge, that much of what happens never makes it into a police report.