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Matthew Schuerman

Editor, WNYC

Matthew Schuerman appears in the following:

Councilman: Corporate Sponsorships of Subway Stations OK

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A City Council Member thinks it would be worth it to let corporations pay the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to put their logos on subway stations.

Joseph Addabbo, who is running for state Senate, says the idea is just one way to lessen the need for a fare hike, which the MTA ...

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City Honors Firefighters Who Died in Deutsche Bank Fire

Monday, August 18, 2008

This morning's dedication of a plaque memorializing the two firefighters who died in Deutsche Bank fire was filled with sadness and anger.

REPORTER: The father of one of the victims, Joseph Graffagnino, said after the ceremony that he hoped the district attorney would treat the fire as a homicide.

GRAFFAGNINO: If they ...

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A Year After the Deutsche Bank Fire, Abatement Continues

Friday, August 15, 2008

One year ago Monday, a fire broke out at the former Deutsche Bank building, right across the street from where the twin towers once stood. The building, also known as 130 Liberty Street, was in the process of being decontaminated and taken down piece by piece. Two firefighters died fighting ...

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New Goethals Bridge Design Revealed

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Drawings of a new Goethals Bridge show a wider span with two more lanes connecting northern New Jersey and Staten Island. The Port Authority today released renderings of a proposed replacement for the 77-year-old span, which carries some 80,000 vehicles each day. Motorists have long complained about the bridge's 10-foot-wide ...

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Port Authority Ties Flight Auctions to Fed Money

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Port Authority says it's willing to support auctioning off airport slots, but only if the federal government invests more money in the air traffic control system.

Authority owns the region's three major airports and is battling the U.S. Department of Transportation over the best way to relieve congestion.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg ...

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Bloomberg Yanks Free Parking for Council Members

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The reserved parking spaces for four City Council members are about to open up.

After the Daily News reported today that Helen Sears, Al Vann, David Yassky and Helen Foster each enjoy a free parking space in front of their district offices, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has decided to revoke their permits.

BLOOMBERG: ...

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City Eyes Waterfront for Middle Class Enclave

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Bloomberg Administration made its pitch to the City Planning Commission for using public money to prepare and help build a new middle class enclave on land once envisioned for an Olympic Village.

The city is planning to enlist private developers to build 5,000 apartments on the largely vacant waterfront area ...

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Stringer Calls for Better Building Code Compliance

Monday, August 11, 2008

Nearly a year after a fire broke out in the former Deutsche Bank building, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer is calling attention to almost 900 buildings in the city that do not follow the city's building code. While he doesn't say that's the reason the fire happened, Stringer thinks it's ...

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City Agrees to Diverse Hiring for Willets Point Plan

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The Bloomberg administration is promising that the future developer of Willets Point will hire minorities, women and Queens residents.

The announcement today is a step to build support for the $3 billion construction project that's facing stiff opposition from some Council members, who say the housing and office development will not ...

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Port Authority Threatens to Block Landing Slot Auction

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

The Port Authority is threatening to block a plan to auction takeoff and landing slots at the region's three major airports. Under the proposal, which the U.S. Department of Transportation hopes to put into practice by the end of President Bush's term, up to 10 percent of the airports' slots ...

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Port Authority Moves Against Feds' Flight Auction Plan

Monday, August 04, 2008

The Port Authority is trying to block the federal government from auctioning off landing and departure slots at New York's three major airports.

The agency, which owns and operates LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark Liberty, formally proposed rules that would not allow any flights if they got their slots through a government ...

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City Tries Closing Tunnel Lanes to Ease Accidents

Friday, August 01, 2008

If you can't get people to stop crossing against the light, then stop the cars from driving there instead.

That's the approach the city Department of Transportation will try out at the Park Avenue tunnel in Manhattan's Murray Hill neighborhood.

The intersection of Park and 33rd Street has been the site of ...

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Evicted Brooklyn Businesses Suffer

Friday, August 01, 2008

The 2004 rezoning of Downtown Brooklyn is finally having an impact, but for 57 percent of the small businesses it's not a good one. That's the finding of a survey by the Urban Justice Center and a grassroots group called FUREE. They say the wig emporiums and eclectic bookstores that ...

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Forum Focuses on Alternative Energy for NYC

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The City Council is sponsoring a panel at Hunter College this morning on how to get New York City to use more alternative energy. Councilman Dan Garodnick says one idea is to have property owners form "Solar Empowerment Zones" that would be modeled on business improvement districts.

GARODNICK: They could voluntarily ...

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'Cashless Tolling' Study Planned for Port Authority and MTA Bridges and Tunnels

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is thinking about getting rid of toll plazas at its East and Harlem River crossings.

The agency is asking for bids from firms that would study how to replace the plazas with overhead structures that would read EZ Passes. For those cars without EZ Pass transponders, the ...

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Metrocard Machines Fixed, Transit Agency Says

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

NYC Transit says it has fixed a problem with its Metrocard vending machines that prevented thousands of riders from using their credit and debit cards over the past two days.

Officials say the machines were not communicating properly with the central processing system. If passengers were charged but did not receive ...

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Questions Raised Over Financing Deals of New Yankees Stadium

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Yankees broke ground on their new stadium a year ago, but its financing details are still coming out. Yesterday, a state legislator criticized part of the agreement that gives city economic development officials a free luxury suite. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The new Yankee Stadium is receiving more ...

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Mayor Outlines Reforms for Municipal Construction Projects

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he has a five-step plan to reduce the cost of the city's capital projects. It's a way, he says, of making sure the city continues to invest in infrastructure, even during this economic slump.

BLOOMBERG: We are not going to walk away from keeping our streets safe ...

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Deal Reached for Ground Zero Church

Friday, July 25, 2008

A small church that was destroyed during the September 11th attacks will receive up to $60 million from the Port Authority to help with its move.

This will allow the Port Authority to build an entrance ramp for an underground truck screening center where the church used to be, on the ...

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Subway Riders Face One-Two Punch

Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority formally presented its proposed 2009 budget yesterday. It would raise tolls and fares by 8 percent starting next July, followed by another 5 percent hike in January of 2011. But that meeting was just the first step on a long journey. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

REPORTER: Over ...

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