Ilya Marritz

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Scientific Innovation in 'Frequency Hopping'

Friday, June 13, 2008

Scientific breakthroughs can come from the most surprising places. A new drama set in the 1940s explores a real-life innovation developed by two amateurs: a Hollywood starlet and an avant garde composer. WNYC's Ilya Marritz brings us this glimpse of the play “Frequency Hopping”.

REPORTER: It's ...


OTB Gets Last-Minute Reprieve

Friday, June 13, 2008

Off Track Betting will live another day in New York City. Governor Paterson announced that legislative leaders had reached a deal to save the troubled betting corporation. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: Surrounded by lawmakers and labor leaders, Governor Paterson declared that OTB workers should ...


OTB Workers Call For City-State Deal

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

With just days to go before a deadline is reached, the union representing Off-Track Betting workers rallied this morning the steps of City Hall.

Leaders of the DC-37 union called on the governor, the mayor, and state legislators to unite around a plan to save OTB ...


Mayor Urges Energy Conservation as Teachers File Complaint over Heat

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Con Edison is asking New Yorkers to do what they can to cut back on their electricity usage, as the utility continues to grapple with scattered outages. Brooklyn and Queens are the most affected, with about 175 customers without power.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is also urging ...


Despite Belmont Buzz, OTB Is On Shaky Legs

Friday, June 06, 2008

HOST: More than a hundred thousand people are expected to attend the Belmont Stakes tomorrow as Big Brown tries for the first Triple Crown in three decades. Off Track Betting parlors will also be packed, but don’t be fooled by the crowds. As WNYC’s Ilya ...


Con Ed Braced for Weekend Heat

Friday, June 06, 2008

Con Edison says it's ready for New Yorkers to crank up their air conditioners and fans during the expected heat wave this weekend. The utility says it's spent $1.7 billion upgrading electric cables and installing new transformers to meet summertime demand.

Con Ed estimates most customers ...


Lighting Ceremony for Newtown Creek Sewage

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

There's beauty in wastewater. At least the city thinks so. Last night it flicked on special bluish lights on eight stainless steel wastewater digesters in the Newtown Creek plant.

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Emily Lloyd says the digesters are sometimes called eggs because of their ...


A Closer Look at Governor Paterson's Gay Marriage Order

Friday, May 30, 2008

New Yorkers have been digesting the news that gay marriages will be recognized – if not exactly legal – in the New York State. Yesterday Gov. David Paterson acknowledged he gave an order two weeks ago for agencies to recognize same sex marriages performed in ...


Paterson Orders State to Recognize Out-of-State Gay Marriages

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Only a man and a woman can wed in New York, but the state must recognize gay or lesbian marriages performed elsewhere, the governor said in a news conference today.

WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

Paterson's order — which was issued a day before California's same-sex marriage ...


World Science Festival Underway

Thursday, May 29, 2008

The first ever World Science Festival began yesterday with a summit for top scientists and leaders from the worlds of business and government.

Festival co-founder Brian Greene teaches physics at Columbia University. He says one goal of the festival is to acquaint policymakers and the ...


Ikea Comes to Red Hook

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

In three weeks time, the Swedish furniture giant Ikea will open its first store ever in New York City. Though millions of New Yorkers know Ikea from trips to outlets in the suburbs outside of New York, WNYC’s Ilya Marritz reports that this store will ...


Board Approves Verizon Plan to Expand Network Citywide

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

It'll take years and cost billions, but Verizon plans to make cable TV available to every city household by 2014.

A city board unanimously approved an agreement with the telecommunications giant allowing it to extend its fiber optic network throughout New York.

The city will collect a ...


Verizon Seeks Cable TV Venture

Friday, May 23, 2008

Verizon could soon enter the city's cable TV market.

Consumer groups say there hasn't been enough scrutiny of the telecommunication company's draft agreement with DOITT, the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications.

Chuck Bell is with Consumers Union.

BELL: DOITT and Verizon have been negotiating aggressively over the ...


Cop Raises Could Slow City Budget Negotiations

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The arbitrated deal to increase police salaries potentially has thrown a monkey wrench into budget negotiations between the mayor and City Council.

A spokesman for Mayor Michael Bloomberg has suggested that the police settlement may endanger plans to extend the break in property taxes.

But Ronnie Lowenstein ...


Rally at City Hall for More School Money

Friday, May 16, 2008

Education advocates and elected officials rallied at City Hall today for more school money. They're angry that Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed budget doesn't include more for the city's students.

Randi Weingarten is the President of the United Federation of Teachers. She says Bloomberg has forgotten his ...


Bloomberg Blasts Union Retirement Plan

Friday, May 16, 2008

State legislators have been considering an analysis of a legislative proposal to offer early retirement to city workers without knowing that the study had been paid for by their union.

The New York Times is reporting that a former city actuary, Jonathan Schwartz, was paid for ...


State Web Law has Chilling Effect for Online Retailers

Thursday, May 15, 2008

A new state law for online retailers is already having a chilling effect on some business relationships. It requires out of state Web retailers to collect sales tax on all purchases made by New Yorkers, if any of its partner sites are based in New ...


Pricing at the Rock Bottom

Monday, May 12, 2008

Many people dread Monday morning and the return to the drudgery of work. But at one discount clothing store in downtown Manhattan, it’s the most eagerly anticipated time of the week. WNYC’s Ilya Marritz takes a look at the art and science of pricing on ...

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Cablevision Buys Newsday from Tribune

Monday, May 12, 2008

The nation's eleventh-largest newspaper, Long Island-based Newsday, will soon change hands.

WNYC's Ilya Marritz reports.

The winning bid for Newsday came from Cablevision, which is based in Bethpage.

The cable provider beat out bids from the owners of the Daily News and the New York Post.

The current owner, ...


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 ...