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:
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
The city will spend around $2.7 billion to create 15,000 apartments for people that are chronically homeless, often because of drug addiction and mental illness.
Monday, November 16, 2015
Eight hundred low-level offenders spent half a million days in jail over the last six years, costing $129 million. Experts say locking them up is not the solution. So what is?
Thursday, November 12, 2015
The Department of Housing and Urban Development wants to ban smoking at public housing developments, not just in common areas, but inside people's apartments.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
The man suspected of killing Officer Randolph Holder had been previously diverted from jail to a drug treatment program.
Thursday, October 01, 2015
New York State's Chief Judge will go around the state legislature to reform the bail system. Reforms include allowing bail to be paid with a credit card.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Pope Francis has shown sympathy for immigrants, and they hope his visit to New York restarts the debate over how to reform the nation's immigration laws.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
LGBT New Yorkers who were invited to the White House ceremony Wednesday were hoping for a message of acceptance — and didn't hear it.
Monday, September 14, 2015
The Pope's Sept. 24 visit coincides with the UN General Assembly, which will be attended by 170 world leaders.
Monday, August 10, 2015
WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez and Brigid Bergin discuss the mayor's new $22 million initiative, NYC Safe, to reach out to violent mentally ill people.
Friday, August 07, 2015
A $22 million initiative will identify people with a history of violence and untreated mental illness and attempt to get them more services.
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
They call it K2, Spice and Green Giant. It's getting sold at bodegas and tobacco shops and people are getting seriously ill from it. The city is struggling to shut the drug down.
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Starting next year, judges will have the option to release non-violent defendants as long as they agree to be monitored while they're out.
Monday, June 01, 2015
The de Blasio Administration has vowed to crack down on "three-quarter houses," which are government-funded homes that often exploit the poor.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
The New York City Housing Authority and its tenants want $100 million in much needed funds to go towards fixing leaky roofs. The Cuomo Administration sees things differently.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
A New York State board is considering what's a fair wage for fast-food workers to make.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
The city's public housing developments have been decaying for years. Mayor de Blasio's plan calls for NYCHA to raise revenue and cut costs so it can stay viable into the future.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
The governor wants state legislators to pass bills that would give tax credits to parents struggling to pay tuition at private schools.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
The city says stricter rules are needed for individuals visiting Rikers Island to keep out contraband and reduce violence. Advocates, however, question the notion of necessity.
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Some of the city's most vulnerable—families living in homeless shelters, kids attending troubled schools and victims of violence — will have better access to mental health services.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
The New York City Nepalese community is urgently giving money, food and clothes to help earthquake victims.