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Matthew Schuerman

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Still No Deal in Albany on MTA Bailout

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The behind-the-scenes fight over how to rescue the MTA came out into the open yesterday, when the state Senate unveiled a plan it said would keep fare hikes to a minimum, without any new bridge tolls. But the Governor and the Speaker of the Assembly ...

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Governor Paterson: Year 1

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

WNYC reporters Elaine Rivera, Cindy Rodriguez, and Matthew Schuerman discuss David Paterson's first year as New York's Governor and how his administration has affected New York City.

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Paterson Rejects Senate MTA Plan

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Governor Paterson has rejected the State Senate's rescue plan for the MTA, saying it fails to address the agency's long-term capital funding needs. He's urging the Senate's Republican and Democratic leaders to meet with him to come up with a compromise. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver ...

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MTA Takes Blame for South Ferry Station Delay

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A new South Ferry subway station opened yesterday, allowing riders from all 10 cars of a subway train to disembark at the southern end of the number 1 line. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports that the MTA is taking responsibility for an engineering mistake that delayed ...

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First News Subway Station Opens in 20 Years

Monday, March 16, 2009

southferryGovernor Paterson joined officials this morning for the opening of the first new subway station in 20 years. The new South Ferry Station at the southern end of the number 1 line will be able to accommodate all 10 cars ...

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Late But Not Lost, New South Ferry Subway Station Opens

Monday, March 16, 2009

Today, a familiar cry at the southern end of the Number 1 subway line will cease at last.

A new, longer South Ferry station means that conductors no longer have to tell passengers to move to the first five cars to get out. Federal September 11 ...

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Albany Still Mulling Over MTA Rescue Plan

Friday, March 13, 2009

State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith continues to hold out on giving his support to the MTA rescue plan.

SMITH: We don't want no service cuts. And we don't want anybody laid off. So we're all committed to working with a plan that makes some sense, ...

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FTA Extends Deadline for Transit Stimulus

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The definition of "shovel-ready" is shifting. The federal government is giving transit agencies, including the MTA, more than a year to spend its federal stimulus money. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more. REPORTER: House Democrats had wanted to give transit agencies just three months to commit ...

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$1.5 Billion of Stimulus Expected for NYC Transportation

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Brooklyn Bridge, subway stations and the Fulton Street Transit Center, all appear on the latest list of local projects that could receive federal stimulus money. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The list is neither complete nor final. But it gives some idea of which ...

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Paterson Says MTA's March 25th Deadline Firm

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Governor Paterson is continuing to push for quick passage of the MTA's rescue plan to avert significant service cuts and a dramatic fare increase. He insisted that the March 25th deadline set by the authority for the legislature's approval was a real one.

PATERSON: I think ...

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Weiner Pushes Bridge Tax for Some Drivers

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Congressman Anthony Weiner, who is running for Mayor, favors a $4.15 toll on East River bridges -- but only for some drivers. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The tolls wouldn't apply to New York City residents. That makes the plan more palatable to three Democrats ...

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Paterson Wants Stimulus for NY Rail

Monday, March 09, 2009

Governor Paterson released New York's plan to get federal stimulus money for high speed rail service. If the state got the money, the governor is proposing spending it to improve passenger rail service, from Niagara Falls to New York City. State officials say they've identified ...

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Deciding Who Pays to Rescue the MTA

Monday, March 09, 2009

Congressman Anthony Weiner, who is running for Mayor, favors a $4.15 toll on East River bridges, but only for some drivers. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more. REPORTER: The tolls wouldn't apply to New York City residents. That makes the plan more palatable to three Democrats ...

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The Ghost of the MTA's 'Two Sets of Books'

Thursday, March 05, 2009

The MTA just can't seem to live down the "two sets of books" scandal that erupted six years ago. Democrats in the state Senate keep dropping that line in interviews, as in, "You really can't trust guys who keep two sets of books, can you?" That's their reason why they won't support the Ravitch plan.

But were there really two sets of books?

The scandal started in April 2003, when then-state Comptroller Alan Hevesi (who has since succumbed to his own scandal), charged that the MTA was intentionally overestimating its budget deficit in order to justify a 50-cent subway fare hike. He said he only discovered where the MTA was stashing its money after subpoenaing the second set of books.

The MTA said the second set of books it provided was really just a 250-page explanation showing how the authority used a current surplus to pay down debt, or moved it to subsequent years, because they foresaw deficits in the future.

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MTA Rescue Plan Hangs in Partisan Balance

Thursday, March 05, 2009

The MTA returns to the bargaining table in Albany this morning in an effort to hash out an agreement on it's rescue plan. So far, the Speaker of the Assembly, Sheldon Silver, says he's getting behind a limited bridge-tolling plan.

SILVER: I've said from Day One ...

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City Council Says Paterson Shortchanging NYC Medicaid

Thursday, March 05, 2009

City Council members are decrying the way Governor Paterson allocated federal stimulus Medicaid money, saying the city deserves more than the $1.9 billion it's getting. Council members held a hearing on the stimulus money, hearing testimony from Bloomberg administration officials. They say they calculate that ...

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MTA in Albany Urging Rescue Plan

Thursday, March 05, 2009

By the end of this month, commuters and straphangers should know how much more it will cost to get in and out of New York City. MTA officials are back in Albany this morning where they are trying to hash out an agreement on a ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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.

PATERSON: We ...

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