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:

The Origin and Iterations of 'Not in My Backyard'

Monday, April 17, 2017

WNYC looks at the history of "Not In My Backyard" politics as the mayor embraces two policy decisions that will require the siting of new homeless shelters and jails. 

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Holding on to that Rent-Stabilized Apartment Is Getting Harder in Some Neighborhoods

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Astoria, Morningside Heights and Bay Ridge all have high turnover rates. 

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Unions Call Plan to Close Rikers, 'Laughable'

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

The unions that represent correction officers, captains and jail wardens call the plan to close the city's notorious jail system unrealistic. 

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After Much Deliberation, Mayor Agrees Rikers Should Close

Friday, March 31, 2017

The city says it will close Rikers Island, the second-largest jail system in the country, which has been called an abomination by advocates and city officials.

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City Tries to Convince Immigrants, Hospitals Are Safe

Thursday, March 30, 2017

In the wake of President Trump's crackdown on immigration, public hospitals are holding forums to try and convince immigrant communities that hospitals are safe spaces.

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Federal Judge Admonishes New York State on Warehousing of Mentally Ill

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The judge harshly accused the state health department of possibly colluding with adult home operators to undermine a class-action legal settlement that protects the mentally ill. 

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Trump to Cities: Drop Dead

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The White House's preliminary budget cuts spending across all agencies except Defense, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security. New York officials say it's a disaster for the city.

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City Targets the Homeless, Addicted and Mentally Ill — For Help

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The city is trying an obvious method to help the homeless, mentally ill and drug addicted stay out of shelters and jails — offering them a place to live.

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Cuts to Public Housing Threaten the Already Cash-Strapped Housing Authority

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Officials say a $35 million federal funding cut will lead to even more deterioration in public housing and put the city's largest portfolio of affordable housing in serious jeopardy. 

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Fear and Anxiety Upend Immigrant Lives

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

As the Trump administration cracks down on immigrants lacking legal status, families who've lived here for decades are having to confront the possibility they could be deported.

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Task Force Aims to End Incarceration for Young Girls

Thursday, February 02, 2017

The panel of academics, city officials, community groups and others are looking at ways to divert girls away from juvenile detention centers. 

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Protesters Urge Sen. Chuck Schumer to Step Up Resistance

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Thousands of protesters lined the sidewalks around Grand Army Plaza to say the Senate Minority Leader isn't doing enough.

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The Risks Women Face Just For Visiting Rikers

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

WNYC Reporter Cindy Rodriguez and journalist Raven Rakia discuss their investigation into the risks women face when visiting inmates at Rikers Island.

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Stripped of Their Dignity

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

For years, female visitors to city jails have been complaining about invasive strip-searches as they try to see their loved ones, according to a WNYC investigation with The Intercept.

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De Blasio Basks in Support of Staten Island Mosque

Monday, December 12, 2016

On a visit to the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center, the mayor championed New York City as a model of inclusiveness, and pledged to crack down on hate crimes.

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What Trump's HUD Pick Could Mean for New York City

Monday, December 05, 2016

Ben Carson, Trump's pick to lead HUD, grew up in subsidized housing, but it's unclear if he'll be an advocate for public and affordable housing in the city.

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Cigarettes to be Stubbed Out in Public Housing

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Public housing is about to become smoke-free. The federal government has moved forward to ban smoking inside apartments, common areas and portions of the outdoors. 

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Mexican Immigrants on Staten Island Prepare for a Trump Presidency

Friday, November 11, 2016

Nowhere else in the city are the consequences of a Trump presidency more real than among Mexican immigrants who lack legal status and who live on Staten Island. 

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Family of Bronx Man Killed by Police Meets with Investigators

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

The two sisters of a 49-year-old Bronx man who died after being tasered by police told investigators their brother wasn't violent or disturbed. 

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After a Shooting Death, How to Protect the Mentally Ill — and the Police

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

When Charles Hargreaves heard police had killed his mentally ill client, he was heartbroken. So he shared an essay she wrote that has people talking about keeping the mentally ill safe.

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