Ilya Marritz

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Wind Farms Could Provide Energey to NYC

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Large, strategically placed offshore wind farms could some day meet up to a third of the city's electricity needs. According to the city's economic development officials.

REPORTER: The EDC just issued an invitation to energy companies to propose bold projects for renewable power. Speaking on the ...


Harlem Property Owner Faces Default

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Residents of a group of historic Harlem apartment buildings are wondering who their landlord will be in the future. WNYC's Ilya Marritz explains.

REPORTER: Like Stuyvesant Town on the East Side, Harlem's Riverton Apartments were built by the Met Life Corporation after World War II. In ...


Harlem Apartments Owner Faces Default

Friday, August 15, 2008

The owner of a large group of mostly rent-controlled apartments in Harlem will likely go into mortgage default.

The Rockpoint Group and Stellar Management have warned creditors they can't make the September payment on the Riverton Apartments Complex near Madison Avenue and 135th Street.

Manus Clancy is ...


Students Rally For Bill Aimed at Safety Officers

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Carrying signs calling for "Graduation Not Incarceration," over 100 High School Students joined City Council members on the steps of city hall to rally in support of the "Student Safety Act," a bill aimed at reducing altercations between school safety officers and students.

WNYC's Ilya Marritz ...


Bloomberg Wary of Natural Gas Drilling Near Water Supply

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is voicing concerns about possible natural gas drilling near upstate water reservoirs.

The mayor says any deal to allow drilling must also protect city drinking water.

BLOOMBERG: Look, I think we need energy, there's no question about that. You can drill in a responsible ...


Bloomberg Announces Climate Change Panel

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A panel of leaders from science, government, and business will spend the next 12 months projecting the risks of climate change for the city.

Mayor Michel Bloomberg announced the New York City Panel on Climate Change. A co-chair of the panel, Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig of Columbia ...


City Pushes to Limit Gas Drilling Near Reservoirs

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Citing "significant concerns," New York City is seeking strict limits on all gas drilling that might affect reservoirs that supply the city's drinking water.

The city's Department of Environmental Protection hasn't said much publicly. But in a July 18 letter to the Department of Environmental Conservation ...


A Call for Stricter Brownfield Regulations

Monday, August 04, 2008

New York environmental groups are warning that even after clean up brownfield sites or abandoned, polluted industrial land, may not be truly safe for new development.

A new survey of the nation found that the federal government and other states often have stricter cleanup standards for ...


Judges to Review Nuclear Plant Safety

Friday, August 01, 2008

Opponents of the Indian Point nuclear power station have scored a victory. A panel of judges has agreed to review some of their concerns about the plant's safety. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: Months from now, the three judges of the Atomic Safety Licensing Board ...


State Legislature May Revisit "Millionaire Tax"

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

In his address to the state last night and in a press conference today, Gov. David Paterson said New York State's economic outlook has deteriorated badly over the past several months.

REPORTER: He's asked lawmakers to reconvene next month and reopen this year's budget so they ...


Fiscal Challenges Ahead for New York

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Governor Paterson will address New Yorkers directly this evening about the state’s finances. Whatever he says, the news probably won’t be good. We’re looking at a $5 billion deficit next year - and swiftly declining tax revenues - as Wall Street reels from the housing ...


Hard Economic Times Mean Shortfalls for City and State

Monday, July 28, 2008

With a looming budget shortfall next year of $2.3 billion, Mayor Bloomberg says the city must keep spending in check. He and other officials testified this morning at a meeting of the Financial Control Board, which was set up in the 1970s when New York ...


Gov. Paterson Vows Caution on Gas Drilling

Friday, July 25, 2008

Gov. David Paterson is vowing the state will proceed cautiously when it comes to new natural gas drilling in areas that could include New York City's drinking water reservoirs.

REPORTER: The governor spoke publicly for the first time since signing into law a streamlined application process.



Marcellus Shale follow up

Thursday, July 24, 2008

WNYC Reporter Ilya Marritz and WNYC Political Director Andrea Bernstein follow up on the proposal to drill for natural gas in New York.

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Studies Find Health of Hudson River is Mixed

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Two new studies look at the health of the Hudson River, and have found mixed results. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: Scientists at SUNY-Stony Brook analysed concentrations of methyl mercury in Hudson River fish bellies. They found today's levels are two to three times lower ...


Official Addresses Environmental Concern Over Drilling

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

New York State plans to begin processing drilling permits for natural gas wells in the Catskills and the Southern Tier of New York in a few months. But as WNYC and ProPublica reported, there are gaps in the plan to regulate this expected boom ...


Gov. Orders Environmental Review of Gas Drilling

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Governor David Paterson has addressed growing public concerns about an expected boom in gas drilling in upstate New York by ordering a full environmental review.

The move was announced as the governor signed into law a measure to simplify the permit application for energy companies seeking ...


Unconventional Play

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

WNYC, in a joint investigation with ProPublica, a non-profit investigative news organization, recently discovered that New York State legislators have been aggressively promoting the exploration of natural gas in New York's Macellus Shale, a type of gas-rich sediment. WNYC reporter Ilya Marritz, who investigated the practice, and ProPublica ...

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Natural Gas Drilling: Is New York Ready?

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Marcellus Shale is what industry people call an unconventional play. It’s loaded with natural gas, from Eastern Ohio to the Catskill Mountains. But the gas is very hard to extract. It’s packed tight 7,000 feet deep.

Today, with energy prices at record highs, extracting that ...

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Housing Advocates Relieved Over Mortgage Firms Bailouts

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Local housing advocates say they're relieved that the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve have intervened to keep Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac solvent.

Sarah Gerecke of the not-for-profit Neighborhood Housing Services says the government sponsored lenders are playing an increasingly important role, especially for New ...