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.
A new report found that one of Mayor Bloomberg's signature affordable housing policies has fallen short of expectations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6,000 bikes were added to city streets Monday as the city launched what it called the largest bike share program in the country.
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.
Just hours after thousands of people marched in the streets to denounce the killing of a gay man in the West Village, police say they received reports of two other anti-gay bias attacks.
Thousands marched through the streets of the West Village Monday evening to denounce the murder of Mark Carson, who police say was shot and killed because of his sexual orientation.
“A Gay Man Was Brutally Murdered Here…” reads a red sign propped up against the door of an out-of-business Barnes and Noble on Eighth Street and Sixth Avenue. It’s surrounded by candles and flowers and two photos of 32-year-old Mark Carson who was shot in the face early Saturday morning in what police are calling a suspected hate crime.
Disability Rights Advocates allege that the city's emergency response plan fails to include the needs of the disabled. A lawsuit has been underway in federal court and the Department of Justice recently submitted a report to the judge supporting the advocates claims.
A judge has ruled that the city must continue to pay for hotel rooms for 890 Sandy evacuees who still don't have permanent homes to move into. The city tried to end the hotel program April 30th but Legal Aid sued, arguing the date was set arbitrarily.
City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn spoke candidly about her personal struggles with alcohol and bulimia, and answered earnest questions from about three dozen young college women seated in a small, intimate room at Barnard College Tuesday.