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Matthew Schuerman

Editor, WNYC

Matthew Schuerman appears in the following:

Firefighter Evictions?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg is warning the public that he will have to cut popular school, fire and police services to get the city's budget balanced next year.

BLOOMBERG: It is virtually impossible to reduce your expenditures in this city unless you go to the popular large programs. That's where the money is.

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NYS Assembly Mulls Over Ravitch Plan

Thursday, December 11, 2008

New York Assembly members have heard from former MTA Chairman Richard Ravitch about his plans for tolls and a new tax to save the transit authority. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

REPORTER: More than a year ago, Mayor Bloomberg presented his plan to save the MTA in a lengthy and tense hearing ...

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Ravitch Explains MTA Bailout Plan

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Richard Ravitch, the man credited with saving the MTA in the 1980s, will face tough questions from state Assembly members today. They're conducting a hearing on his proposal, which was unveiled last week to rescue the MTA by imposing a payroll tax on the region's businesses, and by putting tolls ...

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Fares Could Go Way Up if the State Doesn't Help MTA

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

The basic subway fare could go up to $2.50 or more, and a monthly Metrocard could surpass 100 bucks if the state doesn't help out.

That's the conclusion of a study conducted by the city's Independent Budget Office and commissioned by the Straphangers Campaign.

The MTA says it needs 23 percent more ...

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Paterson Wants to Raise Gas Tax

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Governor Paterson is backing down from his pledge to avoid raising taxes to balance the state's budget. He says higher gas taxes will be needed to fill a $15 billion deficit over the next two years, and he defends his proposal to impose $5 tolls on the East River bridges ...

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Easing the State Budget Deficit with New Taxes

Monday, December 08, 2008

New York drivers may be facing higher gasoline taxes, and new tolls on East River bridges, as the state looks for ways of closing a $15 billion budget deficit.

Yesterday, opponents of the new tolls suggested that state officials bail out the Metropolitan Transportation Authority by hiking the gas tax, instead.

Governor ...

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Haitian Hurricane Relief

Monday, December 08, 2008

Governor Paterson says there's a new timetable to deliver long-delayed donations to hurricane victims in Haiti three months after four heavy storms hit the Caribbean nation.

He says 40 tons of water, food and medical supplies that have been stored in a Brooklyn Armory will be put on planes and cargo ...

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Ravitch Commission News Conference

Thursday, December 04, 2008

WNYC reporter Matthew Schuerman discusses the plan for East River tolls and company payroll taxes to keep MTA viable. Question of the Day:Are you a Brooklyn resident? Would you be willing to pay east river tolls to help the MTA budget crunch? Comment below!

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$5 Toll Proposed for Brooklyn Bridge

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Five bucks to cross the East River Bridges? That's what Governor Paterson and others are pushing for now that a state commission has given them recommendations on how to keep subway and bus fares from going up too much. Mayor Bloomberg hasn't commented yet on the proposal, other than to ...

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ACORN takes $1.5 Million from Ratner

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The local chapter of ACORN helped get Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards project approved. Now, the developer is helping out the non-profit housing group.

An ACORN spokesman says Forest City Ratner gave it half a million dollars, and is loaning the group another $1 million at a difficult financial time.

Critics of Atlantic Yards ...

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Suite Deal

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

WNYC reporter Matthew Schuerman updates the story of Bloomberg aides demanding free luxury suites and other perks at the new Yankee Stadium.

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Seating the Mayor at the New Yankees Stadium

Monday, December 01, 2008

Hundreds of pages of e-mails, made public over the holiday weekend, are detailing the Bloomberg Administration's efforts to secure the free use of a a luxury suite at the new Yankee Stadium.

The Mayor's press office originally said in July that the Bloomberg administration had not decided whether it would accept ...

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Increased Fares, Un-Fair to Riders

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The MTA says it needs to get 23% more money from tollbooths and fare boxes to break even next year. That's on top of numerous service cuts.

The agency wants to raise express bus fares from $5.00 to $7.50. But it hasn't worked out details on other types of fares.

Gene Russianoff ...

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Paying More & Getting Less

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Some of the highlights: fare and toll hikes of 23 percent, reductions in off-peak bus, subway and commuter train service, the elimination of the W and Z lines and the phasing out of 2,700 jobs. Sander, was almost apologetic during the presentation but he says he had no choice.

SANDER: These ...

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The Parking Meter Broke. Now What?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Parking is an obsession for New Yorkers for those who have cars and even for some who don't. The City Council passed a law yesterday that would ease restrictions on parking at a broken meter. Instead of just parking at the space for an hour, a driver can leave a ...

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City Council and Bloomberg Clash on Rebate Checks

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg says he "cuts the checks," and that's why he can withhold $400 rebate checks without the City Council's approval.

But he also suggests that he might be flexible on the issue as budget negotiations continue.

BLOOMBERG: We are far from having a balanced budget. We will by the time we ...

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The Cost of Doing Business

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Everyday, construction workers pour concrete hundreds of feet in the air, cranes hover overhead and familiar views of the sky disappear. Since 2003, the city has been experiencing a historic building boom. Development hasn't been this high for 30 years.

But that prosperity has come at a high cost. So far ...

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Part 2: The Cost of Doing Business

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Construction safety has become all the more important over the past five years, as housing production reached numbers never seen since the city began keeping records in the 1960s. Yet so far this year, 27 construction workers have died on the job. Yesterday, WNYC began telling the story of one ...

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Behind "The Cost of Doing Business"

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Twenty-seven construction workers have died on the job this year, and a slowing economy may not do a whole lot to solve this problem.

REPORTER: For the past nine months, WNYC reporters Cindy Rodriguez and Matthew Schuerman have been investigating the downside of the city’s building boom. Here's a look at ...

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Part 1: The Cost of Doing Business

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Every day, construction workers pour concrete 400 feet in the air, cranes hover overhead and familiar views of the sky disappear. Since 2003, the city has been experiencing a historic building boom. Development hasn’t been this high for 30 years.

But that prosperity has come at a high cost. So ...

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