Matthew Schuerman

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Matthew Schuerman appears in the following:

Skelos: Republicans Will Oppose MTA Plan

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

State Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos says no Republican will vote for the MTA rescue plan. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: While some New York City Democrats have been expressing concerns about the proposed tolls on the East River Bridges, Skelos says Republicans object to ...


State Senators Seek Balance Over Bridge Tolls

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The fight over the tolls hinges on the state senate, where Democrats are hanging on to a one seat majority. WNYC's Matthew Scheurman looks at three Democrats trying to find a way to support the bill.

REPORTER: The three Democrats won seats from Republicans last November, ...


Paterson: Save the MTA This Week

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Governor Paterson says this is the week to save the MTA. He says the state legislature has to agree on a plan to impose a new payroll tax, and East River bridge tolls, before negotiations can begin on the state's $13 billion budget deficit.



Developers Reduce Scale of Moynihan Station Plans

Monday, March 02, 2009

The two real estate developers involved in the proposed Moynihan Station project say they're toning down their once grand plans for the Farley Post office at 33rd and 8th. By WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports on a plan that is very much in flux.

REPORTER: The developers, ...


N.Y. Businesses Fight MTA Payroll Tax

Monday, February 16, 2009

While many New York City lawmakers are protesting a proposal to put tolls on East River bridges that are currently free, their counterparts in the northern suburbs are finding problems with another part of the plan to bail out the MTA. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has ...


Atlantic Yards Developer Lobbying for Stimulus Slice

Friday, February 13, 2009

Long before the federal stimulus plan took its final form today, the developer of Atlantic Yards was lobbying in Washington for a piece of it. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: For weeks now, blogs and local newspapers have speculated that the troubled real estate project ...


Schumer: $21 Billion of Stimulus Package Expected for NYS

Friday, February 13, 2009

Senator Charles Schumer says New York State is getting at least $21 billion from the federal stimulus bill for Medicaid, education and public housing improvements. Other allocations have yet to be tabulated. He says part of money should go to saving some state jobs.

SCHUMER: For ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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.


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 ...


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 ...


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.



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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...