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:

City to Build Housing for the Homeless But Without State Help

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. 

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The Frequent Flyers of Rikers Island

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?

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Smoking Ban in Public Housing: Some Tenants Say Yes Please

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. 

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Judge Who Approved Treatment Instead of Jail: 'Why Not?'

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The man suspected of killing Officer Randolph Holder had been previously diverted from jail to a drug treatment program.


No Cash to Get Out of Jail? Judge Sidesteps Lawmakers to Reform Bail System

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.  


Immigrants Hope Pope Sews Seeds of Change

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.


New York Gay Activists 'Disappointed' in Pope's Words

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.

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Get Ready for 'Unprecedented' Security in New York City During Papal Visit

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Pope's Sept. 24 visit coincides with the UN General Assembly, which will be attended by 170 world leaders. 


The City's Plan for the Violent Mentally Ill

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.

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City Moves to Monitor Violent Mentally Ill

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. 


Dangerous Drug Threatens East Harlem

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.

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New Bail Alternative Means Freedom for Thousands

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. 


De Blasio Vows to Crack Down on Exploitative Homes for the Destitute

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.

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State and City at Odds Over Public Housing Funding

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.


State Considering How Much To Raise Fast-Food Worker Pay

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A New York State board is considering what's a fair wage for fast-food workers to make.  

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Next-Generation Plan to Save Public Housing

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.

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Cuomo Pushes Tax Credits for Parents Paying Private School Tuition

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. 

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City Wants Stricter Rules for Visiting Rikers

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.


More Mental Health Dollars for Those in Shelters

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.   


As Earthquake Death Toll Mounts Local Nepalese Figure Out Ways to Help

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The New York City Nepalese community is urgently giving money, food and clothes to help earthquake victims.