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Jim O'Grady

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Families Coalesce to Push Beyond De Blasio's 'Vision Zero' Plan

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Parents whose children were killed or maimed by vehicles make an emotional plea on City Hall Steps to strengthen the mayor's plan.

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Long Island Rail Road Labor Talks Reach Heated Words Phase

Friday, February 21, 2014

WNYC

Long Island Rail Road workers will not be going on strike in March, as had been threatened. But workers could walk off their jobs on July 20th if talks with the MTA remain at an impasse.

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President: From the Origins of the Word to a Crazy Rabbit Attack

Monday, February 17, 2014

In honor of President's Day, we take two historical looks at the American presidency. First Mark Forsyth looks back at the word's humble origins and traces just how it came to have the heft it has today. The second recounts how a small angry mammal changed the course of history. WNYC reporter Jim O'Grady says that President Jimmy Carter's bizarre encounter with a crazed swimming rabbit on a Georgia lake crystallized an emerging sense that Carter was a man in over his head.

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How Jimmy Carter's Face-Off with a Rabbit Changed the Presidency

Monday, February 17, 2014

WNYC

Jimmy Carter’s encounter with an angry swamp rabbit in the spring of 1979 lasted only a moment. But it played a key role in derailing Carter's hopes for a second term, and changed the way American presidents have managed their image since then.

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How Has Cuomo Short-Changed Transit? Let Us Count The Ways

Friday, February 07, 2014

WNYC

Drivers are no doubt toasting Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to lower tolls on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge from $6 to $5.50 per round trip for E-Z Pass users. But it's also the latest move by Cuomo to take money from mass transit.

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Dad Gets To Threshold Of Super Bowl, Then Steps Aside For His Son

Monday, February 03, 2014

WNYC

Brooklyn car mechanic Dominick Arlistico's plan for Super Bowl XLVIII was simple: get as close to the game as he could and then miss it.

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Guts! Glory! Fakery! Why Football Loves The Pre-Game Speech

Friday, January 31, 2014

WNYC

Hear how legendary football coaches have used their oratorical powers to goad their teams to glory.

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MTA's Biggest Projects Over Budget and Behind Schedule

Monday, January 27, 2014

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been drawing negative headlines and scrutiny because of recent performance problems, including last Thursday's evening rush hour power failure and last December's fatal derailment. But that's not all.

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Federal Funds To Help Sandy-Swamped Subways

Friday, January 24, 2014

WNYC

The MTA's latest pot of Sandy relief and recovery aid comes to $886 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The majority of it — $535 million — will be used to repair flood damage to under-river subway tubes used by the R, G and 7 trains.

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In Embattled Mayoralty Of John Lindsay, Lessons For de Blasio

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

WNYC

Bill de Blasio isn't the first strikingly tall liberal whom New Yorkers have elected to succeed a three-term mayor. So what lessons can de Blasio learn from the mayoralty of John Lindsay?

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Five Neighborhoods Living 'Life in the Middle'

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Jim O'Grady and Stephen Nessen, WNYC Reporters, and Jenny Ye, WNYC data news producer, discuss WNYC's series "Life in the Middle," which is exploring five NYC neighborhoods where the median income reflects the city's median income.

 

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Gov Cuomo Supports New Metro-North Train Line Through Bronx

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

WNYC

Governor Cuomo used his State of the State speech on Wednesday to express support for an MTA plan to send Metro-North trains through neighborhoods in the East Bronx.

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The Staten Island Neighborhood Where Making It Means Three Dogs, Not One

Monday, January 06, 2014

WNYC

Economically speaking, Grasmere's plainness is part of its appeal. More than 60 percent of Grasmere residents have arrived since 2000. Many of the newcomers are immigrant families who either aspire to the middle class or have newly reached it. They don't need fancy. They need relatively cheap.

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De Blasio Picks Trottenberg to be NYC Transportation Commissioner

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

WNYC

The city’s new commissioner of the Department of Transportation is Polly Trottenberg, whom Mayor-elect de Blasio called "a true and patriotic New Yorker" while announcing her appointment at a press conference on Tuesday.

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After Derailment, MTA Struggles To Find Right Mix Of Human Skill + Technology

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

WNYC

The MTA is speeding up its plan to install an advanced safety technology on its commuter rail lines. But there's no magic bullet when it comes to preventing train crashes.

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More Tax Breaks for the Yankees?

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Yankees and the British soccer team Manchester City are in talks with the city to bring a 28,000-seat soccer stadium to the Bronx in exchange for tax breaks. WNYC reporter, Jim O'Grady, explains what kind of deal the Yankees and Manchester City are hoping to get, and why it includes a bailout for a bankrupt parking garage. 

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MTA: Floodproofing South Ferry Station Will Mean Building On Parkland

Monday, December 16, 2013

WNYC

More than 13 months after Storm Sandy flooded South Ferry subway station with 14 million gallons of contaminated water, the MTA has come up with a plan to repair it. But straphangers shouldn't expect to use the station until late 2016 at the earliest.

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Yankees Want Tax Perks to Put Soccer Stadium Where Parking Garages Failed

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

WNYC

The city is working on a deal to use tax-exempt bonds and other subsidies to build a soccer stadium. The agreement would bail out the bankrupt company that owns 11 parking garages and lots serving Yankee Stadium - garages originally built with hundreds of millions of dollars in government subsidies.

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Transit Agencies Ready For Super Bowl, Starting With Cool Map

Monday, December 09, 2013

WNYC

Here's a cool map. It shows the transit systems of New York and New Jersey as they link to each other beneath the Hudson River.

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Cuomo To NYC Toll Reform Advocates: Drop Dead

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

WNYC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo isn't getting behind a new push to change the city's tolling system. At least for now.

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