Elaine Rivera

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Gang of Three Conform for One

Thursday, December 04, 2008

It's the first time Democrats take control of the chamber in more than 40 years.

Bronx Senators Ruben Diaz Senior and Pedro Espada Junior along with Brooklyn Senator Carl Krueger were being wooed by Republicans to support their agenda and abandon Smith.

But after a closed-door meeting today, sources say the senators ...


Crown Heights Mourns Loss of Brooklyn Rabbi

Friday, November 28, 2008

An Orthodox Jewish community in Crown Heights is mourning the deaths of a young Brooklyn rabbi and his wife in the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, saying it's a big loss. Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, vice chairman of educational services for the Chabad Lubavitch Movement, says he spoke regularly with ...


City Scaling Back School Construction

Friday, November 07, 2008

City officials say they're scaling back on the construction of new school buildings.

The Department of Education released a new five year capital construction plan that calls for about 40 new schools with 25,000 classroom seats. That's far different from the previous five-year-plan in which the Bloomberg administration funded the construction ...


Get-Out-the-Vote Rallies Held Around the City

Sunday, November 02, 2008

A Harlem get out the vote Saturday was one of several events held around the city to encourage people to show up at the polls on Election Day.

REPORTER: Harlem State Senator Bill Perkins, one of several elected officials at the event, says they're not taking anything for granted.

PERKINS: We're having ...


Education Advocates Decry Lack of Minority Students in Gifted Programs

Friday, October 31, 2008

Education advocates are telling the Bloomberg administration, "I told you so." They say they warned education officials that mandating one standardized test across the city would lead to lower minority enrollment in the gifted and talented programs.

Leonie Haimson, of the group "Class Size Matters," says the city needs to go ...


Queens State Senator Takes Aim at Majority

Thursday, October 30, 2008

While all eyes are on the historic presidential election next week, the New York State Senate may be making big news of its own. The Democrats are two seats shy of seizing the majority and if they do, they will have control for the first time in four decades.



NYS Dems Confident in Gaining Senate Majority

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

New York Democrats are expressing confidence that they can take control of the state Senate in next week's election. Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith of Queens says years of failed Republican policies have led to high property taxes, thousands of people losing their jobs, and leaving upstate.

SMITH: We know for ...


Bill Ayers and the Weather Underground's NYC Connection

Friday, October 17, 2008

It was more than 40 years ago, but the turmoil of the 1960s remains a lightening rod in this year's presidential campaign. Once again, in Wednesday night's debate, Senator John McCain questioned Senator Barack Obama's relationship with Bill Ayers, former member of the left-wing radical group, the Weather Underground. And ...


New York Sees New Voters Rush to Register Before Deadline

Thursday, October 09, 2008

This is the last week that New York residents will be able to register to vote. Advocacy groups say New Yorkers are just as excited as the rest of the country about participating in this year's presidential election. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

REPORTER: For nearly 90 years, the League of Women ...


Bronx Dems Clash Over Leadership

Monday, September 29, 2008

At a raucous meeting in the Bronx, two factions clashed over who would be the next chairman of the borough's Democratic Party.

Opponents to Assemblyman Jose Rivera, the current chairman who is facing a rebellion among fellow assembly members, say he stacked the meeting with supporters who were not eligible to ...


Jose Rivera Faces Party Leadership Challenge

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Bronx Democrats meet Sunday night to decide whether Assemblyman Jose Rivera should keep his job as party chairman in the borough. He's facing a challenge from committee members who say he practices nepotism and favors Puerto Rican party members. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

REPORTER: Since the September 4th primary, Rivera has ...


Bronx Dem Chairman Faces Rebels This Weekend

Friday, September 26, 2008

This weekend, Bronx Democrats will determine whether Assemblyman Jose Rivera can keep his post as chairman of the Bronx Democratic Party. In a rare insurgency, fellow Assembly members are trying to oust him. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

For most people, the minutiae of local politics escapes them. Take the county party ...


Lights Out at the House That Ruth Built

Friday, September 19, 2008

Yankee Stadium ends its 85-year iconic baseball legacy Sunday evening. In its wake, New York Yankees fans are in a frenzy to get a literal piece of the stadium known as the House that Ruth built. WNYC's Elaine Rivera spent the week talking to fans about what they wish they ...


Paterson: AIG Allowed to Borrow from Subsidiaries

Monday, September 15, 2008

As the financial markets continue to roil, Governor David Paterson steps in to help ailing insurance giant AIG. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports. In an unusual move, Paterson says he'll allow the American International Group - the world's largest insurer - to use $20 billion in its subsidiary assets to help ...


Close Race in 25th District

Monday, September 08, 2008

In tomorrow's primary election, state Sen. Martin Connor, a 30-year Albany veteran who represents the 25th District, faces off against newcomer Daniel Squadron in one of the most closely watched legislative races in the city.

The district covers lower Manhattan, Brooklyn Heights and other Brooklyn neighborhoods. Voters there say they're being ...


Race for 25th State Senate District Heats Up

Thursday, September 04, 2008

In a hotly contested race for the 25th State Senate District, Democratic incumbent Martin Connor squared off last night against his challenger Daniel Squadron.

During the two hour debate, the 28-year-old Squadron argued he would bring new blood and change to Albany, while Connor, a 30-year-old political veteran, says his experience ...


Silver Faces Primary Competition

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been in office since 1976 and speaker of the Assembly since 1994. He's considered one of Albany's powerful "three men in a room" that determine the fate of legislation, member items, and how the state is run. Some have argued that with his staying power ...


City Kids Head Back to School

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Class is back in session for more than a million New York City public school students. Atara James is among the thousands of parents who dropped their children off at school for the first day today.

Standing with her two children outside of P.S. 62 in the Bronx, James says she's ...


The Festive and Serious Sides of the Convention

Thursday, August 28, 2008

It's been a raucous, event-filled week at the Democratic National Convention as thousands of delegates and other convention goers essentially have taken over downtown Denver. WNYC's Elaine Rivera joins me to talk about the conversations she's been having with delegates, from what parties to attend to more serious questions of ...


Speech Seen as Closure for Clinton Supporters

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

New York delegates were among the Democrats who gave Hillary Clinton a rousing ovation on the second night of their national convention. Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion says he saw the reaction of staunch Clinton supporters who felt she should have been the nominee. But he says he believes her ...