Matthew Schuerman

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Brooklyn Pols Push for Atlantic Yards Oversight

Monday, June 16, 2008

State legislators from Brooklyn are pushing for a new community advisory board to help oversee the troubled Atlantic Yards project.

The state economic development agency had promised to involve local politicians a year ago. But Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries says those efforts have failed.

JEFFRIES: This developer has promised thousands of units of ...


Bloomberg to IRS: Tax Free Bonds For Yankees

Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Bloomberg administration is trying to get the Internal Revenue Service to change a rule that prevents privately owned sports teams from issuing tax-exempt bonds. Hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks are at stake. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The IRS imposed the rule after the Yankees went ...


Council to Pass Buildings Dept. Reforms

Thursday, June 12, 2008

The City Council is poised to pass the first two bills to reform the Buildings Department this afternoon. One of them requires the department to report on its website the addresses of construction sites where injuries and fatalities occur.

The chairman of the Council's Buildings Committee, Erik Martin Dilan, compared it ...


WTC Site Faces More Delays: PA

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Another delay in the rebuilding effort at the World Trade Center site, and more fines for the site's owner, the Port Authority.

The agency says it will pay developer Larry Silverstein between $9 and $18 million, because it will not meet a June 30 deadline to finish the excavation work for ...


One More Landowner Settles with Columbia Univerity

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Columbia University has made a deal with one of the last owners of private property in the neighborhood where it wants to create a new campus.

The school says it will trade land it owns in Washington Heights for a six-story warehouse in West Harlem now owned by Hudson Moving and ...


Stun Guns Could Reduce Police Shootings

Monday, June 09, 2008

Police commissioner Ray Kelly says officers should start using TASER stun guns in cases where a firearm isn't necessary. The recommendations came after the RAND Corporation released a study of 455 police shootings from 2002 to 2006.

REPORTER: In 25 of those cases, according to the report's author, Bernard Rostker, officers ...


City's Top Crane Inspector Arrested on Bribery Charges

Friday, June 06, 2008

A high-ranking crane inspector was arrested for allegedly receiving bribes from a crane company.

The Department of Investigation says that James DeLayo, the assistant chief crane inspector at the city's Department of Buildings collected thousands of dollars worth of bribes for falsely certifying that cranes from a particular company had been ...


Rally Seeks to Jump Start Atlantic Yards Project

Thursday, June 05, 2008

An estimated 3,500 people turned out for a rally in support of the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn. Many of them were union construction workers who took time off nearby jobs. They said they felt the project, which will be union-built, was being threatened by local elected officials who are ...


Court Rules Family can Evict Rent-Stabilized Tenants to Make Building a Private Home

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

The state's highest court ruled today that a family can convert a rent-stabilized building into a private house.

The Court of Appeals said state law does not set a limit on the number of rent-stabilized apartments they can take over for their own personal use.

Alistair and Catherine Economakis bought the six-story ...


Elected Officials Praise Efforts to Keep Starrett City Affordable

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

A new agreement at Starrett City will guarantee that its 5,800 apartments stay affordable for another 20 years.

Elected officials announced yesterday that the owners have agreed to require the buyer of the property to stay in government programs that will make sure residents pay no more than 30 percent of ...


Crane Collapse Site Had Troubled History

Saturday, May 31, 2008

City officials will meet with construction industry experts Saturday to discuss Friday's deadly crane collapse on the Upper East Side. Investigators will be be focusing on a particular weld that failed, according to city buildings officials. The turntable that helps the crane change direction apparently fell off before the collapse. ...


Crane Collapse: Update

Friday, May 30, 2008

WNYC reporter Matthew Schuerman brings us the latest on the Upper East Side crane collapse.


Public Housing Hunts for Cash

Friday, May 30, 2008

The head of the New York City Housing Authority says real estate developers may one day build market-rate housing on parking lots in public housing complexes.

Tino Hernandez told the City Council that selling or leasing the land would be one way to balance the agency's budget, which is running ...


Budget Woes Force Housing Authority to Delay Projects

Thursday, May 29, 2008

The city's housing authority said that budget problems have been forcing it to put off capital projects that would modernize and improve public housing developments.

General Manager Douglas Apple told the City Council today that for the past eight years, the New York City Housing Authority has been using capital funds ...


MTA Defends Lifetime EZ Passes for Board Members

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is going to court to defend the right of its board members to receive lifetime EZ Passes that permit them to avoid paying bridge and tunnel tolls. The announcement came a day after Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said the free EZ passes were illegal.

WNYC's Matthew Schuerman ...


Amtrak Seeks to Add Capacity at Penn Station

Saturday, May 24, 2008

The proposed overhaul of Penn Station may not just be about improving the passenger experience. It may actually be about increasing the number of passengers who pass through the facility.

REPORTER: Amtrak says that it has been studying how to add train tracks and platform space for a year. Anne Witt, ...


On the Streets of Chinatown, Hunting for City Parking Placard Abuse

Friday, May 23, 2008

The mayor made headlines last month when the city announced it had slashed the number of parking placards it issues by more than 30 percent. City employees put these permits on their dashboards in order to park in certain restricted zones, such as those reserved for trucks making deliveries or ...


MTA Approval Expected for Rail Yards Developer

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The full Metropolitan Transportation Authority board is expected to approve the new buyer for the West Side rail yards at a special meeting today.

The proposed developer, The Related Companies, has already signed a preliminary agreement and deposited $11 million in escrow - which will be released to the MTA after ...


Artificial Turf Debate in Battery Park City

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The two small playing fields at Battery Park City get used so much that a task force is recommending that they be replaced by artificial turf.

Jeff Galloway, a task force member, says that artificial turf would allow the playing fields to be open much more often than they are now.



New Developer for Far West Side

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

It didn't take long for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to find another bidder to turn the West Side rail yards into a series of high-rise apartment and office towers.

The Related Companies will take over the project - having offered the MTA about as much money as Tishman Speyer had ...