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Matthew Schuerman

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Matthew Schuerman appears in the following:

State Gets Stimulus Numbers

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Officials say money from the federal stimulus bill will help but not eliminate the fiscal crisis facing New York State and City.

Senator Charles Schumer says the 2 year package would bring New York state more than $4 billion in education aid, which is enough to head off the $700 million ...

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The Silver Touch for the Fulton Transit Hub

Friday, February 06, 2009

An early design of the Fulton Street Transit Center. Courtesy of the MTA.

An early design of the Fulton Street Transit Center. Courtesy of the MTA.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is taking credit for getting the MTA to devote half a billion dollars of federal stimulus money to the Fulton Street Transit Center. Last week, he told reporters he complained to the governor's office when the transit hub, which is in Silver's lower Manhattan district, did not appear on the first list of projects that were being considered as potential recipients of the funds. The allocation of the federal money to the hub, which is wildly over budget, then grew to $201 million and now stands at $497 million.

(The audio here is supplied courtesy of reporter Eliot Brown of The New York Observer, who wrote about the stimulus bill this week.)

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Workers Again Cut Fire Protection System at Deutsche Building

Friday, February 06, 2009

Workers mistakenly cut a standpipe at the former Deutsche Bank building at the World Trade Center site yesterday morning, in an eerie echo of the circumstances that led to a fatal fire there two years ago.

This time, Fire Department spokesman Jim Long says nearby units were notified and work stopped ...

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Delays Continue at the Former Deutsche Bank Building

Friday, February 06, 2009

Limited decontamination work resumed at the former Deutsche Bank building, a day after contractors accidentally cut a 5-foot section of the standpipe.

A spokesman for the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which owns the building, says the section of standpipe was not painted red.

That may have made it hard for workers to ...

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ShovelWatch: Is the stimulus bill truly earmark free?

Thursday, February 05, 2009

There's no bridge to nowhere or teapot museum in the economic stimulus package, but that doesn't mean that it's free of earmarks, pet projects, or favors to special interests. As part of the ShovelWatch joint project of the non-profit investigative journalism organization ProPublica, The Takeaway and WNYC Radio, ProPublica's Michael Grabell and WNYC's Matthew Schuerman join us to take a look at some examples of stimulus funds that are being allocated according to local, not national, priorities.

ShovelWatching: We're asking you, Takeaway listeners and readers, to help us report on the stimulus dollars as they travel from Washington, D.C., to your neighborhood. Tell us how the stimulus plan is playing out in your community and we'll share your stories online and on air, and we'll continue the investigation with your help.

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Stimulus Bill Brings Windfall to a Troubled Transit Project

Thursday, February 05, 2009

The Senate continues to debate the federal stimulus bill in Washington today. If it passes in much the same form as it did in the House last week, the MTA stands to receive about $2 billion for capital projects. WNYC’s Matthew Schuerman looks at one place where the MTA will ...

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MTA Chair Wishes He Could Downsize New Transit Hub

Friday, January 30, 2009

The head of the MTA says that if he had to do the Fulton Street Transit Center all over again, he might have opted for a less expensive design.

Speaking on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show, Lee Sander defended his decision to direct half a billion dollars from the federal stimulus package ...

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Stimulus Package May Make New Transit Center Possible

Thursday, January 29, 2009

The MTA has found a way to dig itself out of the hole it has made at Broadway and Fulton Streets.

MTA CEO Lee Sander says the agency will finish the Fulton Street Transit Center, with the help of money from President Obama's economic stimulus package.

SANDER: We hope to receive $497 ...

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NY's Share of $825 Billion Recovery Act

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Congress is racing to pass "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009" by President's Day. The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the bill tomorrow while Senate committees started reviewing their version today. Now pegged at $825 billion, the measure is supposed to provide tax breaks, bail ...

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NYPD: Cell Phone Robberies on the Rise

Monday, January 26, 2009

Stand clear of the closing doors--especially if you have a fancy new cell phone. The NYPD reports that thefts of expensive cell phones have increased sharply over the past three months. Assistant Chief James Hall says passengers who are holding their electronic gadgets out in the open, while standing next ...

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Port Auth. Raises Interest Rate on Bonds

Friday, January 23, 2009

As governments struggled to borrow cash for long-term infrastructure projects, the Port Authority is taking steps to make its bonds more attractive to investors. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: In November, the government agency that operates New York's airports and Hudson River crossings couldn't find any buyers when it tried ...

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What Ever Happened to Atlantic Yards?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

By now the Atlantic Yards project was supposed to be well underway, and the Brooklyn Nets were supposed to be in the middle of their first season in their new arena. But developer Bruce Ratner hasn’t broken ground or even secured the financing. Instead, he's exploring ways to cut the ...

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Help Converged on a Flowing Crash Site

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Hudson River landing apparently saved the lives of passengers and crews. But it also meant that the crash site was a continuously moving one. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman followed the plane as it floated down the Hudson.

REPORTER: It didn't take long before a fleet of vessels gathered around the downed ...

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Personalities Clash at Yankees Bonds Hearing

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Yankees are asking the city to authorize another $370 million in tax-exempt bonds so the team can complete its stadium in time for opening day. A hearing yesterday on the subject got heated as officials from the Yankees and the Bloomberg administration verbally attacked Westchester Assemblyman Richard Brodsky. WNYC's ...

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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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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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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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