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Janet Babin

Economic Development Reporter, WNYC News

Janet Babin appears in the following:

An Update in the Battle Over Dunes

Thursday, September 26, 2013

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.

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New Warnings About Salt Water

Thursday, September 19, 2013

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."

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The Hidden Enemy Sandy Left Behind

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

WNYC

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.

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In Comptroller's Race, Money Can't Buy (Enough) Votes

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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.

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Quinn Has Most Cash in Case of Runoff

Monday, September 09, 2013

WNYC

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.

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After Summer: Sandy Check-In

Friday, September 06, 2013

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.

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The Jersey Shore's Summer That Wasn't

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

WNYC

Despite $5.57 billion in federal disaster assistance to New Jersey survivors of Sandy, Seaside Heights and other nearby towns experienced a 40 percent drop-off in tourism-related businesses this summer.

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Jersey Shore Feels Summertime Blues After Sandy

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Labor Day weekend marks the close of the official summer season on the Jersey Shore. But for some towns, it's like the summer never really began. Destruction from Hurricane Sandy last October kept tourists away. Some towns are still struggling to rebuild. Businesses that rely on seasonal visitors for much of their yearly take are wondering if they'll be around next year.

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Spitzer Downsizes Image in Bid for NYC Comptroller

Thursday, August 29, 2013

WNYC

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is working to integrate his widespread name recognition and larger-than-life persona into his campaign for the more detail-oriented, smaller role of New York City comptroller.

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5 Things to Watch at the 2013 U.S. Open

Monday, August 26, 2013

WNYC

The last grand slam event of the tennis season began Monday right here in New York City.

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Spitzer and Stringer Face Off

Thursday, August 22, 2013

WNYC

The two Democratic candidates hoping to become the city's next comptroller picked at each other as they outlined their visions during a debate aired on CBS television and radio on Thursday night.

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Betting on the Next Catastrophe

Monday, August 19, 2013

WNYC

Brisk sales of a relatively new financial instrument called a catastrophe bond could help governments pay for disasters.

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Problems at Clinton Foundation Could Mean Challenges for Hillary

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Clinton Foundation is getting a new name and a prominent new senior official this fall: Hillary Clinton and her staff will move into the foundation’s offices to expand the organization's mission by developing new initiatives on women's and children's issues.

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U.S. Senate Battle Begins in New Jersey

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

In New Jersey, a two-month campaign is beginning for U.S. Senate.

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Reforms Coming to Stop-and-Frisk and Mandatory Sentencing

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is calling for a reform of the prison system, looking to reduce mass incarceration and eliminate laws that mandate minimum prison sentences for low-level drug offenses.  The move comes as a federal judge ruled Monday that the NYPD's stop-and-frisk practices are unconstitutional.

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Stop-and-Frisk and Mayor Bloomberg's Legacy

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

As the city considers appealing a judge's decision that stop-and-frisk is unconstitutional, Mayor Bloomberg continues to defend the tactic as vehemently as ever.

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NY MTA Has Less Catastrophe Insurance Than 2012

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

WNYC

The New York MTA is going into hurricane season with $100 million dollars less insurance against catastrophes than it had when Sandy happened.

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MTA Bond Tied to Storm Surge a Big Hit

Friday, July 26, 2013

WNYC

Investors are betting against another Sandy-sized storm hitting New York City. The first ever bond tied to storm surge levels around New York city generated so much market interest that the bond has grown by 60%.

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Possible Parasite Outbreak Sickens New Jerseyans

Thursday, July 25, 2013

WNYC

A parasite usually found in tropical or subtropical nations may have found its way to New Jersey and six other states, making some people sick, officials say.

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In New Jersey, a (Rational) Fear of Trees

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

WNYC

Between Sandy and the wettest June on record, New Jersey's mature trees are falling down more frequently, making residents nervous. Some are even eyeing healthy trees, singling them out to be cut.

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