Ilya Marritz

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OTB May Get A Second Chance

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Little more than a month remains before a city-imposed deadline that could spell the end of Off Track Betting.

But as WNYC's Ilya Marritz reports, OTB may still get a reprieve.

Even though it makes money, OTB has to make big payouts every year to the state and the racing industry. That's ...


Newspaper Wars: How Local Weeklies Fit In To Murdoch’s Media Strategy

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Over the past few weeks, three companies have been vying for control of Newsday.

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, which owns the New York Post, began the bidding at $580 million.

Days later, the owner of the Daily News, Mortimer Zuckerman, matched Murdoch's bid.

And ...


Rupert Murdoch's Neighborhood Papers

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Over the past few weeks, three companies have been vying for control of Newsday.

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, which owns the New York Post, began the bidding at $580 million.

Days later, the owner of the Daily News, Mortimer Zuckerman, matched Murdoch's bid.

And ...


Anti-Piracy Bill Gets Boost in Albany

Monday, May 05, 2008

A long-stalled bill in Albany to fight piracy of TV shows and movies got a boost today.

Jeff Zucker, the president and CEO of NBC/Universal, urged state lawmakers to increase the penalty for first-time piracy offenders to a misdemeanor, up from a simple violation.

Zucker said failure to act could endanger one ...


Wildflower Week Promotes Native Plants

Sunday, May 04, 2008

The first-ever New York City Wildflower Week has begun. It's a celebration of plants native to the region.

At Union Square, volunteers are handing out free seedlings. Marielle Anzelone is among the organizers. She says one of the inspirations for Wildflower Week is a former first lady.

ANZELONE: Lady Bird Johnson has ...


Mayor Offers City a Lean Budget

Friday, May 02, 2008

There were lots of clouds and little silver lining on display at Mayor Michael Bloomberg's budget presentation yesterday.

Given the fragile state of the economy, Bloomberg says the city will likely run deficits in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Does that mean he's bequeathing the next mayor a fiscal fiasco? Charles Brecher ...


The Stage is Set for New York City's 2009 Budget

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg presents his 2009 budget today. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has a preview.

The executive budget presentation marks the last act of the city government's yearly kabuki over spending.

In anticipation of weaker tax revenues, the mayor has already asked all agencies to cut their spending about five percent.

But despite the ...


City Announces Cable TV Deal with Verizon

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Cablevision and Time Warner may no longer be the only 'show' in town. The city has announced a deal allowing telecommunications giant Verizon to bring its high speed FiOS network to New York City.

REPORTER: The Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, Robert Lieber, said a new player in the cable TV ...


Indian Point Owner Seeks Safety Assessment

Monday, April 28, 2008

Entergy, the owner of the Indian Point nuclear power plant, is holding a public meeting on the safety of its facility, hosted by a panel of its own experts. Dr. Neil Todreas, the panel's co-chair, said he is confident his team can do an independent assessment:

TODREAS: “We are not controlled ...


Siegel Says Sean Bell Verdict Was Flawed

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Supporters of Sean Bell held another rally Sunday at the Harlem headquarters of the Reverend Al Sharpton's National Action Network.

REPORTER: Protestors want the US justice department to bring a federal civil rights case against the three NYPD detectives who've been acquitted of all charges in the 50-bullet shooting outside a ...


Grameen Bank Opens in Queens

Saturday, April 26, 2008

With a jumbo pair of scissors and a big round of applause, Dr. Muhammad Yunus officially opened Grameen America in Jackson Heights Friday. It's the first American branch of Grameen Bank of Bangladesh.

REPORTER: More than three decades ago, Dr. Yunus got the bank started by lending small amounts of money ...


Southern New Jersey May See Another Power Plant

Monday, April 21, 2008

Governor Jon Corzine unveiled a lengthy new energy plan for New Jersey that seeks to balance environmental and economic concerns. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: The 15-year forecast calls for more investment in renewables, new gas pipelines to Long Island, and, controversially, giving consideration to a new nuclear plant.

Corzine's plan ...


Papal Paraphernalia a Tricky Business

Sunday, April 20, 2008

During his visit to New York, Pope Benedict has been greeted by cheering crowds. Another sound associated with papal visits is that of ringing cash registers, as the faithful and tourists shell out for pope paraphernalia. Studies of papal visits past suggest that when a pope comes to town, the ...


Rule Change for Local Banks

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Regulations for locally chartered banks have been streamlined. New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania will now honor each other's banking charters.

This means New York-based banks are free to open branches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, without having to answer to each state's regulators.

New York's Banking Commissioner, Richard Neiman, says ...


Renters Also Hurt by Mortgage Crisis

Monday, April 14, 2008

Half of New Yorkers affected by the mortgage crisis aren't owners but renters. That's the finding of a new NYU study. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

When a property is foreclosed, a bank takes possession, and puts the building up for auction. If it's a building with renters, those occupants are ...


Cable Companies Compete for Franchise

Monday, April 14, 2008

Cablevision and Time Warner are the city's only two cable television franchise holders - but that could soon change.

Cable contracts must be reviewed every decade and the current franchise period ends this October.

Today, the city begins accepting new proposals for citywide cable contracts.

Verizon is one likely contender. The company ...


Cuomo Says Indian Point Should Not be Part of New Company

Sunday, April 13, 2008

The corporation that owns the Indian Point nuclear power station north of New York City should not be allowed to spin it off into a new company. That's the view of state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: Indian Point's owner is Entergy, a New-Orleans-based corporation that ...


Long Island Goes Solar

Friday, April 11, 2008

LIPA, the Long Island Power Authority, is planning a big investment in alternative energy.

In what could become the biggest solar project in the state, the utility will seek proposals for harnessing the sun's rays.

LIPA's president, Kevin Law, says it'll be up to the private energy company that makes the ...

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Natural Gas Could Transform Sullivan County

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Last winter, some residents of Sullivan County in upstate New York were surprised to receive mailers from companies that wanted to drill for natural gas on their land. Soon, cafes and gas stations were buzzing with talk that you could get rich off of gas deposits buried deep below the ...

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Manhattan Prices Remain High

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

The average cost of a Manhattan apartment is now close to $1.7 million.

Quarterly data released by New York's big brokers show an increase in the sale price of condos and co-ops by an average of around 20% over the same period last year.

Sale prices rose across all categories - condos ...