Matthew Schuerman

Editor, WNYC

Matthew Schuerman appears in the following:

2,000 and Counting

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

President Obama yesterday announced that the 2,000th stimulus spending project has been approved. Rick Newman, chief business correspondent for US News and Report updates the programs that are in motion. And WNYC reporter Matthew Schuerman has been tracking the spending here in New York.

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Projects Whose Names None Dare Speak

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


The chiefs of economic development for the city and the state spoke before construction industry executives this morning, trying to reassure them that all was well even in these hard times.

New York Times reporter Charles Bagli, ...

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The Stimulus Shuffle

Thursday, April 09, 2009

HOST: Mayor Bloomberg last week laid out a plan to spend $260 million in transportation money from the federal stimulus bill. It’ll go to the Brooklyn Bridge, the Staten Island Ferry terminal, and new sidewalk furniture in Bedford Stuyvesant – sort of. WNYC’s Matthew Schuerman ...


NYCLU Suing MTA Over "Secret" Court

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

The New York Civil Liberties Union is suing the transit system over a secret court that tries people who allegedly break rules in the subways. The lead counsel in the case, Christopher Dunn, says the Transit Adjudication Bureau holds more than 22,000 hearings a year ...


Paterson Courts GOP Lawmakers Over MTA Rescue

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

After calling the plan for new bridge tolls "dead" last week, Governor Paterson says it's time to start working on another rescue plan for the MTA. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports that the governor's beginning to look across the aisle.

REPORTER: With Democrats in the state Senate ...


Paterson Urges MTA Bailout

Friday, April 03, 2009

Governor Paterson is threatening to force state legislators to approve a plan to avert the MTA fare hikes scheduled to go into effect at the end of May. But WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports he isn't giving them a firm deadline.

REPORTER: Addressing business leaders in Manhattan, ...


Protesters Condemn Bank Bailout

Friday, April 03, 2009

More than 200 people marched, chanted and sang their way through the streets of Lower Manhattan this afternoon, protesting the government's bailout of banks. They stopped in front of three of buildings occupied by AIG's buildings and other buildings occupied by banks and demanded that ...


Paterson Pledges to Stop MTA Fare Hike

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Governor Paterson is threatening to force state legislators to approve a plan to avert the MTA fare hikes that are scheduled to go into effect at the end of May. But WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports he isn't giving them a firm deadline. Addressing business leaders ...


Paterson Defends Budget to Business

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Governor Paterson defended his budget in front a ballroom full of business people this morning, many of whom will be paying an 8.97 percent state income tax.

Speaking at a breakfast sponsored by the Association for a Better New York, he called the $132-billion budget balanced ...


Numbers Game

Monday, March 30, 2009

With changes to the MTA and a new state budget, the fiscal landscape of both the city and the state have changed dramatically over the past few days. But what does it mean for your day-to-day? Karen DeWitt, Albany bureau chief for New York public radio, discusses the ...

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The MTA Cuts, by the Numbers

Thursday, March 26, 2009

subwaywJust how bad are they? MTA Chairman Dale Hemmerdinger earlier this week predicted riders would be calling up their legislators later this year, saying, 'My God, I can't get to work on time!'

The MTA has put up on its ...

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MTA adopts fare hikes, service cuts

Thursday, March 26, 2009

They said they didn't want to do it, but board members of the MTA say they had no other choice. They voted almost unanimously yesterday to boost fares and tolls by about 25 percent, and to reduce service on many of the region's bus, train ...


MTA Decision Day

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

It's March 25th, the deadline lawmakers have to come up with a plan to save New York City transit. WNYC reporters Andrea Bernstein and Matthew Schuerman discuss the fare hikes, service cuts, and other provisions being decided on in Albany.

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When a $4B Subway Is Like a Chevy

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

secondstreetConsider it the MTA's 'Special Olympics' moment: an attempt at self-deprecation that sorely backfires. The head of the MTA's Capital Construction Company, Michael Horodniceanu, on Monday told board members about the need to scale back the 72nd Street station ...


MTA Committee Votes for Fare Hike, Hopes for State Aid

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

At MTA Headquarters yesterday, a lot of talk about state Senate Democrats. They're the ones resisting a rescue package that could head off fare increases and service cuts this spring.

An MTA committee voted to increase the cost of a subway ride to $2.50, in case ...


MTA Deficit Leads to Simplified 2nd Ave Subway

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Faced with the need to cut service and hike fares, the MTA is cutting back on major construction projects. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports that the latest cut is to a section of the Second Avenue subway.

REPORTER: Originally, the MTA wanted to build an extra bypass ...


MTA Committee Votes Yes on Fare Hikes, Board to Vote Wednesday

Monday, March 23, 2009

An MTA Committee has said 'yes' to mass transit fare hikes. The unanimous vote by the Finance Committee is the first of two approvals needed before a single ride rises to $2.50. Board members say state lawmakers should step in with a rescue plan before the full board votes on Wednesday.

Allen Cappelli, a board member from Staten Island, says time is running out. 'There are 45 hours before this disaster goes into effect and I hope that something will sink in with both the Democrats and the Republicans,' says Cappelli.

Chairman Dale Hemmerdinger struck a conciliatory tone to reporters afterwards, saying he was optimistic that the state Senate would step in to prevent those fares from taking effect. 'They are going to make it happen, I believe, as soon as they can get together and figure out what they as a majority want to do it,' says Hemmerdinger. 'They will do it as soon as they can I'm sure they want to do it as quickly as we want them to do it.'

Commuters at Grand Central Station this afternoon generally didn't like hearing the latest news about train service. Manhattan resident Eileen Conway, 26, who takes the subway regularly, said it comes at the wrong time. 'A lot of people don't have the funds that they did even six months ago and the fact that they are working with less and having to pay more is incredible,' says Conway.

Metro-North riders would also see their fares go up. Cesar Rodriguez takes occasional trips down to Manhattan from his home near Beacon. But he doubts he will come as often if the off-peak fare goes up from $12 to $15 as approved today. 'It's like they don't want you to come down here,' says Rodriguez. 'As soon as you come down they want to hit you over the head right away.'

Governor Paterson and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver have reached an agreement. But the Democratic majority of the state Senate has rejected the bridge tolls on the East River as a means of helping the MTA, while Republicans are resisting the payroll tax.

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Barring State Intervention, MTA Set to Raise Fares

Monday, March 23, 2009

An MTA committee this morning is ready to hike the base subway fare up to $2.5, and the monthly MetroCard to $103. WNYC’s Matthew Schuerman reports that board members are still hoping the state legislature will intervene before the new fares becomes final.

REPORTER: Governor Paterson ...


Downtown Housing Complex May Downsize

Thursday, March 19, 2009

At 76 stories, the Beekman Tower on Spruce street was supposed to be the tallest residential building in New York City. But the developer may stop work at half-the-height because of the poor economy. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The sleek, narrow tower, designed by ...


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 ...