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Matthew Schuerman

Editor, WNYC

Matthew Schuerman appears in the following:

Rumble Over the Bronx

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Yankees and the Bloomberg administration got personal today, verbally attacking a state assemblyman who's been critical of taxpayer support for the team's new stadium.

Yankees President Randy Levine said Westchester Democratic Assemblyman Richard Brodsky's opposition amounted to nothing more than grandstanding.

LEVINE: In a pathetic attempt to seek media attention and ...

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Yankees Owe City $11 Million In Rent

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Yankees owe the city more than $11 million in back rent on their old stadium. This is according to an audit by City Comptroller Bill Thompson.

The baseball team was allowed to deduct $5 million a year in stadium planning costs, but Thompson says they deducted far more than ...

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Budget Forces Changes to Nets Arena

Friday, January 09, 2009

One of the biggest boosters of the planned basketball arena for the Nets says he's not worried about possible design changes to make it less expensive to build. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz says the arena at the Atlantic Yards will still resemble architect, Frank Gehry's original design.

MARKOWITZ: There ...

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MTA Chief: Payroll Tax May Offset Fare Increases

Thursday, January 08, 2009

MTA's chief executive thinks there is a good chance that New York's legislature will approve a payroll tax to offset proposed bus and subway fare increases, and "draconian" service cuts. Lee Sander told WNYC's Brian Lehrer that lawmakers seemed "receptive" to imposing a 0.33% tax on the payrolls of companies ...

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Port Auth. to Post Inspections for Airports and Facilities

Thursday, January 08, 2009

The Port Authority will announce today that it's voluntarily posting information about how well its airports and other facilities fare in building and fire inspections.

Because it's a state agency, the Port Authority is exempt from local building regulations. But in an effort to improve transparency, the New York and New ...

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NYC Gives Up Yankees Luxury Suites

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg says he won't use the luxury box the city will get free of charge when the new Yankee Stadium opens in April. The move comes after embarrassing e-mails surfaced showing how hard his aides lobbied for the perk. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: Bettina Damiami of Good Jobs ...

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Contractor Charged in Crane Collapse

Monday, January 05, 2009

A Long Island contractor has been charged with manslaughter, and criminally negligent homicide, in the deadly crane collapse in Midtown last spring that killed seven people.

Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau says crane rigger William Rapetti knowingly used old and deteriorated slings to hold up a five-ton collar that helped attach ...

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Disabled Riders Could See Big Fare Hikes

Saturday, January 03, 2009

When the MTA outlined possible fare hike scenarios earlier this week, the harshest proposals fell on disabled riders. The fare for Access-a-Ride vans is now $2, but it could rise sharply in June, unless the state legislature steps in. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: While the base subway fare may ...

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NYC to Test Partitions to Protect Bus Drivers

Friday, December 19, 2008

New York City buses may one day be equipped with partitions that would physically separate the drivers from passengers. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports on efforts to improve safety for bus drivers following the stabbing death of driver Edwin Thomas in Brooklyn two weeks ago.

REPORTER: Transit agency statistics paint a bleak ...

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Port Auth. Reopens Freedom Tower Deal

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Port Authority says it's once again negotiating with developer Larry Silverstein. This time it's to change an agreement struck two years ago. The Port Authority took on the financial responsibility of constructing the troubled Freedom Tower. In return, Silverstein gave up some of his insurance awards.

But that still left ...

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NYC Council Hears Ravitch's MTA Rescue Plan

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Former MTA chairman Richard Ravitch testified about his plan to help out the MTA at a City Council hearing yesterday. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports that his proposals for a new payroll tax and bridge tolls may not solve the authority's long-term financial problems.

REPORTER: While the payroll tax would close the ...

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MTA Budget on Borrowed Time Gets a Vote

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The board of the MTA is expected to approve a budget today that would cost riders more and give them less. But as WNYC's Matthew Schuerman explains, the budget isn't exactly real.

REPORTER: Legally speaking, the MTA has to approve a balanced budget by the end of each year. So it ...

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Man Attempts to Throw Shoe at MTA Board Member

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A member of the public attempted to throw his shoe at an MTA board meeting, Wednesday.

Stephen Millies, an Amtrak worker and self-described subway rider, went on a three-minute rant during the public speaking portion of the MTA board meeting.

Towards the end, Millies asked where MTA CEO Elliot Sander was, then ...

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NYC Council Hears Ravitch's MTA Rescue Plan

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Former MTA chairman Richard Ravitch testified about his plan to help out the MTA at a City Council hearing yesterday. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports that his proposals for a new payroll tax and bridge tolls may not solve the authority's long-term financial problems.

REPORTER: While the payroll tax would close the ...

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Port Authority's New Budget

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

In contrast to the state and the city governments, the operator of the region's airports passed its budget for next year without any public debate.

The Port Authority does expect fewer people will pay to use its bridges and tunnels next year, and traffic at its airports will also drop off.

But ...

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City Bus Security Camera Plan Stalled

Monday, December 15, 2008

Even before a bus driver was fatally stabbed over a fare dispute in Brooklyn this month, New York City was trying to install security cameras in buses.

But those cameras didn't work very well and the transit system has canceled the contract.

Bus division head Joseph Smith, says the system failed to ...

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Drivers May Feel Squeezed in Paterson Budget

Monday, December 15, 2008

Tomorrow, Gov. Paterson will unveil his plan for closing the $15 billion deficit that the state is projecting over the next two years. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman says automobile drivers will feel some of the pain.

REPORTER: Right now, the Department of Motor Vehicles charges about $70 to register a typical car ...

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Judge Grants Delay in Homeowner Rebate Check Case

Friday, December 12, 2008

The city's law department is getting another week to defend Mayor Bloomberg's decision to withhold those $400 homeowner rebate checks. A state supreme court judge granted the city's request for a delay in a case filed by Staten Island Councilman Vincent Ignizio and other Council members. The mayor still maintains ...

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Foreclosure Counseling for At-Risk Families

Friday, December 12, 2008

More than 6,000 families facing foreclosure will get counseling next year under a series of grants announced by Mayor Bloomberg yesterday. The $2.3 million will go to 19 community organizations that'll help troubled homeowners hold onto their homes. A smaller set of grants awarded over the summer provided counseling for ...

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Yankees Need More City Money

Friday, December 12, 2008

It looks like the Yankees are going to get a little more help in building their stadium. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports that Mayor Bloomberg gave his blessing to issuing another $370 million in tax-exempt bonds for the team.

REPORTER: The Yankees need the money to add extra features to their new ...

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