Matthew Schuerman

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Current MTA Board Members Can Use Passes for "Official Business"

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The MTA Board voted unanimously to take back the lifetime free EZ Passes from former board members after pressure from the governor, mayor and the attorney general.

REPORTER: However, they did so reluctantly. MTA chief executive Lee Sander says the free EZ Passes and commuter rail ...


Paterson Halts Free Rides for MTA Board

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Gov. David Paterson says no more free rides for Metropolitan Transportation Authority board members.

Paterson stepped in today to try and quell a rebellion by some board members who wanted to hold onto passes that gave them free unlimited use of the road toll system — ...


Bus Camera Bill Blocked in Albany

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Special express buses will still start running in the Bronx later this month, but they will be slower than anticipated.

That's because a state Assembly committee blocked a bill to install cameras that would catch cars that illegally use the bus lanes.

The committee's chairman, David Gantt ...


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 ...


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 ...


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, ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...