Kathleen Horan

Reporter, WNYC News

Kathleen Horan appears in the following:

Investigating School Safety Officers

Monday, December 08, 2008

The New York Civil Liberties Union is calling for an investigation into allegations of excessive force by school safety officers in a Queens high school.

About a dozen students from Hillcrest High School have come forward claiming they've been threatened and assaulted by the agents.

NYCLU's Donna Leiberman says the mayor needs ...


Studs Terkel Remembered

Monday, December 08, 2008

The life of Studs Terkel, the renowned oral historian, radio personality, actor and writer, was celebrated last night at The Great Hall of Cooper Union. WNYC's Kathleen Horan has more:

REPORTER: A famous Chicagoan, Studs Terkel was born only a few blocks away from the Great Hall on Avenue A and ...


Remodeling City Senior Centers

Thursday, December 04, 2008

The debate rages on at City Hall as to whether the city should go forward with its planned modernization of the more than 300 senior centers around the city.

Many elderly New Yorkers and their advocates worry that the plan to update centers, or potentially lose funding could lead to scores ...


Black Friday a Boon for Traffic Cops

Friday, November 28, 2008

There's no holiday for parking rules on this day after Thanksgiving. An analysis of a year's worth of tickets by the New York Times found traffic agents issued more than 41,000 citations on Black Friday, almost double the daily average. Under Mayor Bloomberg, the number of tickets has jumped 42 ...


Gerald Schoenfeld Dies

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The longtime head of the powerful Shubert Organization has died. Gerald Schoenfeld was 84. He helped bring "A Chorus Line," "Cats" and "Amadeus" to Broadway. Mayor Bloomberg expressed his condolences.

BLOOMBERG: "G.S. was one of those bigger than life people who it was my pleasure to know and I will ...


Department of Aging Outlines Cuts

Saturday, November 22, 2008

City agencies are trying to get used to the idea of cutting 2.5 percent from their next budget -- and 5 percent after that.

REPORTER: The Department for the Aging plans to save nearly $4 million by no longer funding some senior programs, like elder abuse prevention. But senior advocate Bobbie ...


Department for the Aging Defends Modernization Plan

Friday, November 21, 2008

The City Council continues to hold budget hearings to hear about what different city agencies plan to do to reduce their spending.

But the city's Department for the Aging spent much of its testimony defending a proposal they say won't be a cut.

It's the planned "modernization" of senior centers that requires ...


Job Fair Offers Prospects and Training

Thursday, November 20, 2008

With the current economic crisis, job training fairs are getting popular for the unemployed or people looking to switch careers. As WNYC's Kathleen Horan reports, more than 200 people came out for a job fair in Coney Island yesterday.

REPORTER: Not that things were great in Coney Island before the recession. ...


The Health of City Senior Centers

Thursday, November 13, 2008

They argue that there's not enough money to expand health services, as the city wants, without eliminating other services like meals and case workers.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says it’s wrong to take away services that people rely on.

QUINN: We are facing, we all know this, a tremendous financial crisis ...


Visions of a Better Coney Island

Thursday, November 13, 2008

As the city moves forward with a rezoning plan for Coney Island, some groups on the sidelines want to make sure it's as bold and eclectic as the place itself. The Center for an Urban Future surveyed 23 architects, historians, writers and even a video game expert about their vision ...


Fort Greene Reacts to Recent Shooting

Saturday, November 01, 2008

The Fort Greene hair salon where five people were shot on Monday is expected to reopen today. Many in the area have been discussing how such a sensational crime could happen there -- in the middle of the afternoon. WNYC's Kathleen Horan checked in with people who live and work ...


Legislative Leaders Play Cards Close on Cutting Budget

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Governor Paterson says the upcoming elections are preventing legislative leaders from being forthcoming about cuts they'd be willing to make to bridge a $1.5 billion budget gap for this fiscal year.

Patterson says his patience with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Republican majority will only last another week or so.



Economic Woes Hit City's Salons

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The turbulent economy is affecting how people spend their disposable income. WNYC's Kathleen Horan checked in with salon owners and technicians and has this report:

REPORTER: According to industry data, the number of salons in the U.S. has doubled in the past decade. It's easy to spot places dedicated to cutting ...


Amid High Emotions, Council Clears Bloomberg's Third Term Bid

Friday, October 24, 2008

BLOOMBERG: I'm pleased the majority of the City Council voted to give the public a bigger choice, more people to select from. Anyone who wanted to run before can continue to run. I plan to run.

HOST: Mayor Bloomberg is getting ready to run for another four years in office, but ...


Delivery Workers Vindicated with $4 Million in Damages

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Dozens of delivery workers celebrated their recent court victory and award of more than $4 million outside the upper west side restaurant - Saigon Grill yesterday. WNYC's Kathleen Horan has more: REPORTER: The delivery worker-plaintiffs, 36 in all, say they weren't paid minimum wage, which isn't unheard of in the ...


Dog Days for Gray's Recession Special

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Manhattan hot dog chain "Gray's Papaya" has been offering its popular "recession special" for years so it's a bit ironic, now that we're probably in one, the price of two dogs and a drink has gone up nearly a buck - from $3.50 to $4.45. Regular customers like Gordon ...


City Council Set to Vote on Term Limits This Week

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to overhaul the city's term limits law has been put on the fast track for a vote Thursday before the City Council, just three weeks after he announced he'd like to try and run again.

Among those criticizing the timing of the vote is Dick Dadey of the ...


Governor's 'Right Hand' Fails to Pay Taxes

Monday, October 20, 2008

Charles O' Byrne may have violated state ethics laws for failing to list his $200,000 in outstanding tax debt on his financial disclosure statements.

Paterson says O'Bryne admitted to his lapse in payment.

PATERSON: We're satisfied he had a debt and started addressing it and that he got it done in what ...


Food for Thought for the Aging New Yorkers

Friday, September 12, 2008

The city is overhauling the way it provides services to the 1.3 million senior citizens who live here. The Bloomberg administration says it needs to streamline how it serves the graying population because this over-60 sector is growing fast. In nearly 20 years, one-fifth of residents will be over 60.

Already, ...


Cabbies Wary of Hybrid Taxis

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Is the city pushing its yellow cabs to make the switch to green too fast?

Many in the industry say requiring new cabs to get 25 miles to the gallon by Oct. 1 is unrealistic.

Drivers complain hybrid taxis haven't been road tested long enough to make sure they can stand up ...