Cindy Rodriguez

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West Village Shaken by Weekend Murder

Sunday, May 19, 2013

“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.

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Justice Dept Dings City's Evacuation Plan for Disabled

Thursday, May 16, 2013

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.

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Judge Rules City Must Keep Sandy Evacuees in Hotels

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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.


Quinn Speaks to Barnard College Students about Personal Struggles

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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.


NYC Says Improvements to Gowanus Done by End of Year

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Gowanus Canal, a smelly polluted waterway in Brooklyn that's a designated superfund site, is soon to be substantially cleaner, according to city officials.


Judge to Decide if Sandy Victims Must Leave Hotels

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Hundreds of Sandy victims still without permanent homes are waiting for a judge to decide whether they must leave the hotels they've been staying in since shortly after the storm hit.


Adult Daycares: Unregulated and High Profit

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

No one had really heard of “adult day care centers” before they emerged at the center of a bribery scandal involving a Bronx Assemblyman.  But as it turns out, a recent change in state regulations means the centers have become a potentially lucrative enterprise for their operators – and with almost no oversight.  It’s no wonder they are at the center of a bribery scandal.

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Sandy Victims Here Illegally Struggle to Rebound

Monday, April 08, 2013

When Sandy hit, it exposed an underclass living marginal lives in basements and other rundown homes, many inhabited by people who entered the country illegally. And because many don’t qualify for federal aid, they’re at a greater disadvantage.

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Adult Daycares Too Easy to Open, Advocates Warn

Monday, April 08, 2013

Legal advocates for the elderly are warning that adult daycare programs,  like the one at the center of a political corruption case involving State Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, are highly susceptible to fraud and abuse because no license is required to open them, no government agency is charged with visiting or inspecting them and more of these centers are now eligible to receive government funds.

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Domestic Violence Victims Sue to Obtain Public Housing

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Ten women, all of them domestic violence victims, have sued the New York City Housing Authority for allegedly botching their applications for public housing. Domestic violence victims are supposed to receive the highest priority for public housing apartments once they've proved they are being abused by submitting police reports, orders of protection and other documents.

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Officals Testify No Specific Disaster Plans for Disabled

Monday, March 18, 2013

A federal trial is continuing in the case of disabled New Yorkers, who say the city needs a protocol for evacuating them during disasters, such as Sandy.

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Catholic Church’s Challenges Reflected in City’s Diverse Parishes

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The New York City area is home to about 4 million Catholics, and each church that serves this population has its own challenges and needs. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez and Brigid Bergin che...

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City: Planning for Disasters Not Just Government Responsibility

Monday, March 11, 2013

The city is arguing that disabled individuals have a responsibility to plan wisely for disasters and it's not just up to government to keep them safe. City lawyer Martha Calhoun made that argument at the start of a trial on whether disabled people are needlessly suffering during disasters because the city fails to account for their special needs.

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City's Treatment of Disabled During Disasters to be Scrutinized During Trial in Class Action Lawsuit

Monday, March 11, 2013

Opening arguments begin today in a federal trial that is expected to shine a spotlight on how disabled New Yorkers fared during recent disasters such as Hurricane Irene and Sandy. The trial stems from a class action lawsuit filed in September of 2011 by the group, Disability Rights Advocates.  The group alleges the city's 900,000 disabled people are largely left out of disaster preparedness plans.

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Do the City's New Teen Pregnancy Ads Stigmatize Girls?

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Teen mothers are speaking out about a city-funded ad campaign to discourage teen pregnancy. The ad has drawn fire from groups that work with pregnant teens who say it unfairly stigmatizes poor and minority girls.

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Regulators Concerned Banks May Be Reneging on Relief for Sandy Victims

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the state Department of Financial Services will launch a review to determine whether large, well-known banks are reneging on a promise to provide homeowners affected by Sandy mortgage relief. The state's move comes after WNYC reported on Staten Island Sandy victims facing threats of foreclosure.


Sandy Victims Face Relocating, Repairs and Now ... Foreclosure

Thursday, February 28, 2013

While many families whose homes were damaged by Sandy are receiving some mortgage relief from banks, advocates say the measures will only postpone a rash of foreclosures, not prevent them.

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City is Counting on Federal Housing Vouchers to House Poorest Sandy Victims

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


The city plans to use federally funded housing vouchers to place some of the poorest Sandy victims in private apartments. But vouchers must still be approved by the federal government and there's concern they may not come soon enough to keep some families from ending up in shelters.

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At Brooklyn Church, Head of NAACP Denounces Stop and Frisk

Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Mayor's recent pledge to stop holding people in jail overnight after they've been caught with small amounts of marijuana has done little to appease pastors and civil rights activists who feel black and latino men are unjustly harassed by police.

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City Loses Another Round in Shelter Battle

Thursday, February 14, 2013

An appeals court has ruled the city may not go forward with a controversial policy that would have made it tougher for poor New Yorkers to qualify for shelter.