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Janet Babin

Economic Development Reporter, WNYC News

Janet Babin appears in the following:

Atlantic Yards Gets Cash from China

Monday, December 16, 2013

WNYC

Atlantic Yards developer Forest City Enterprises has a new majority investor in the 22-acre mixed use project in Prospect Heights, the Shanghai-based Greenland Group.

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New Head of HHS: 'Getting People Housed' Huge Priority

Thursday, December 12, 2013

"I've spent the bulk of my career trying to work on behalf of the poor," Barrios-Paoli said at a press conference Thursday. "It is incredibly exciting for me to be in an administration that really makes that a central tenet."

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Will de Blasio Kill Tax Perks for Developers?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

WNYC

During the mayoral campaign, de Blasio railed against tax exemptions and tax abatements used to fund city development projects, and promised to end one program that he said will save the city $250 million.

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De Blasio Names New Budget Director

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

WNYC

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has named Dean Fuleihan as the city's new director of the Office of Management and Budget. 

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How Can NYC Save Money? Here's 90 Ways

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

WNYC

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.

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Feds: Train Was Going 82 in a 30-MPH Zone

Monday, December 02, 2013

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.

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Giant Balloons Take Flight, a Little Lower This Year

Thursday, November 28, 2013

WNYC

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.

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Make or Break Deadline for Willets Point Businesses

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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.

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9/11 Museum Delays Will End with Spring Opening

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

WNYC

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.

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Mayor Withdraws Midtown East Rezone Plan

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

WNYC

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.

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New NJ Min Wage Hikes: Good for Workers; Bad for the Economy?

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

WNYC

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.

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Christie Runs on Rocky Economic Record

Sunday, November 03, 2013

WNYC

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.

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One Year After Sandy: Lessons Learned, Challenges Ahead

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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.

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Sandy Minute-by-Minute: At 12 PM, Cleaning and Cleaning

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

WNYC

Ileana Ingram of Ortley Beach, New Jersey, most remembers Sandy when it's time to clean her house. 

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More Federal Funds for Sandy-Slammed Region

Monday, October 28, 2013

WNYC

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.

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One Year Since Sandy, Little has Changed on Fielder Avenue, Ortley Beach

Thursday, October 24, 2013

WNYC

One Year After Sandy, Ortley Beach Still Suffers

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Low Turnout Expected in New Jersey Senate Race

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

WNYC

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.

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Despite Support of Shutdown, Lonegan Attracts Moderate Voters

Friday, October 11, 2013

WNYC

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.

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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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