Janet Babin is a host and reporter at WNYC.
Before joining WNYC, she was a reporter for American Public Media's Marketplace. Janet has also worked as a producer and guest host on APM's The Story. She's reported on many stories for various NPR programs. Janet was a Gerald Loeb Awards finalist for her reporting on merchant power plants http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/x4811.xml
Her business reporting at WNYC earned Janet a Front Page award for specialized reporting from the Newswomen's Club of New York. http://www.newswomensclubnewyork.com/2012-2/
New York City's Independent Budget Office has come up with 90-plus ways the city can increase revenue and cut costs. The options range from taxing disposable plastic bags, to plastic surgery, to restoring the commuter tax that was cut in 1999.
UPDATED: Federal investigators say the Metro North commuter train that derailed Sunday was going 82 mph in a 30 mph zone as it rounded a precipitous curve in the Bronx.
Despite gusty winds, the New York Police Department allowed floats to soar during the annual Macy's Day Parade down Sixth Avenue. But Twitter pictures show the Spider-Man balloon sustained damage to its left arm.
Dozens of businesses in Willets Point could shut their doors this Saturday to make way for the first phase of a $3 billion redevelopment plan, but many are struggling to find a new place to relocate.
As another new office tower opens at the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan, its would-be neighbor, the National September 11th Museum, is still facing delays.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has withdrawn a proposal that would have rezoned an area around Grand Central Terminal known as Midtown East after the City Council couldn't reach agreement on the plan. Under the proposed rezoning, some buildings would have been green-lighted for demolition, to be replaced with taller structures.
Gov. Chris Christie won re-election by about 60 percent. Voters simultaneously approved an economic measure he vehemently opposed by about the same margin. It will raise the state's hourly minimum wage by one dollar to $8.25.
Gov. Chris Christie is making his case for re-election, in part, by portraying himself as a savior of New Jersey's economy. Here's an examination of his biggest economic development program.
It's one year since Hurricane Sandy battered the region. WNYC editor Matthew Schuerman and reporter Janet Babin discuss where we've been over the last year, including things that have changed and things that haven't but should. Plus, your calls: What lessons did we learn over the last year, and what comes next? Call 212-433-9692 or post below.
Ileana Ingram of Ortley Beach, New Jersey, most remembers Sandy when it's time to clean her house.
In time for the one-year anniversary of one of the most devastating storms to hit New York City, federal officials are announcing a second round of funding to assist Sandy victims. But the first round has yet to be spent.
One Year After Sandy, Ortley Beach Still Suffers
An off day in October, combined with the fact that voters will be back at the polls in three weeks, is expected to tamp down turnout in Wednesday's election for U.S. Senate in New Jersey.
Republican Steve Lonegan is closing in on Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker's lead in the race to fill the vacant U.S. Senate seat — despite New Jersey's reputation for supporting more moderate GOP candidates.
Governor Chris Christie is taking steps to force Jersey shore homeowners to allow sand dune construction on their beachfront properties.
He issued an executive order to start legal action against about 1000 oceanfront property owners who've refused to assign a strip of their beach front to the state.
The corrosive effect of salt water is being blamed for damage to infrastructure in the aftermath of Sandy - - from the subway lines in Manhattan, to the Seaside boardwalk in New Jersey. WNYC's Janet Babin reports, property owners there were warned that equipment submerged in salt water should be replaced.
She says, "We do know that New Jersey issued a letter to everyone affected by the storm a few months after the storm, that gave guidance for what to do with electrical systems in the aftermath of Sandy and that letter said any equipment or receptacles that were submerged did have to be replaced within 90 days."
Almost 11 months after Sandy, the corrosive effects of saltwater remain a very real danger. And that's had an effect on all kinds of local infrastructure, from the boardwalks in seaside towns in New Jersey to the subway lines in Manhattan.
Despite outspending his Democratic rival about 5 to 1, disgraced ex-New York Governor Eliot Spitzer came up short in his bid to become New York City's next Comptroller.
As the primary campaign winds down, Democratic mayoral candidate Christine Quinn has about eight times as much money remaining in her primary campaign account compared to front-runner Bill de Blasio, and even more compared to rival Democrat Bill Thompson.
We check in on several shore towns to see how the first summer after Sandy fared for business and tourism. WNYC reporter Janet Babin talks about how some towns along the Jersey Shore experienced a 40% drop-off in tourism business and decodes what this means about recovery from the storm’s damage. We'll also hear firsthand from business owners Terence Tubridy, co-owner of Bungalow Bar and Restaurant in Rockaway Beach, and Laura Mercogliano, owner and general manager of The Palms Hotel Fire Island as well as other Fire Island businesses in Ocean Beach.