Matthew Schuerman

Editor, WNYC

Matthew Schuerman appears in the following:

Activists Protest Hunters Point Housing

Friday, October 24, 2008

Dozens of community activists, clergy and regular people filled a small City Council hearing room today. Many of them criticized the Bloomberg Administration's proposal for Hunters Point South, a mixed-income housing complex planned for the Queens Waterfront.

About three-fifths of the 5,000 apartments are supposed to ...


Advocates Say NO to South Street Seaport High Rise

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Preservation groups are speaking out against a development plan to dismantle and move the old Fulton Fish Market in Lower Manhattan, saying the 42-story hotel and apartment tower in the proposed complex would overwhelm the low-scale historic district. Simeon Bankoff is executive director of an ...


Mayor Says Willets Point Landowners Holding Up Redevelopment

Saturday, October 18, 2008

The Bloomberg administration says landowners at Willets Point, Queens, are intentionally stalling negotiations to sell their property.

REPORTER: At a city council hearing Friday, Deputy Mayor Bob Lieber said opponents postponed closing their deals this week to make it look as if the city had not ...


Bloomberg's State of Mind

Friday, October 17, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg didn't start out as mayor thinking that city officials should be allowed to serve three terms instead of just two. In fact, it was quite the opposite. With the help of WNYC's archivist Andy Lanset, WNYC's Matthew Schuerman dug through our old tapes ...


One Step Closer to Development at Willets Point

Friday, October 17, 2008

The city has convinced three more landowners to sell or trade their land at Willets Point, Queens, to make way for a massive redevelopment of the area. Deputy mayor Bob Lieber said at a City Council hearing today, there are more deals in the works.



Construction Boom Now Bust

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The group says that, by 2010, the city will lose a quarter of its construction jobs, because of the sagging economy and that's the best case scenario.

ANDERSON: The other scenario is there is a hard landing. Budgets are slashed and capital programs are stretched out. ...


Auctioning Off Airport and Landing Slots

Thursday, October 09, 2008

In final rules issued today, the U.S. Department of Transportation says it will auction off the first 58 or 59 slots, or 1 1/2% of the total on January 12th, 2009.

Over the next five years, the department will sell off about 10% of the total ...


WTC Owner, Developer Spar Over Wall

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

The Port Authority and developer Larry Silverstein are fighting over the World Trade Center site again. Silverstein says he cannot begin building two of his office towers because the Port Authority left a five-foot-wide retaining wall along one side of the bathtub. The wall shores ...


The Fight Over Building on the WTC Site Continues

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Built by the Port Authority and located in an area where Silverstin wants to construct an office tower, the wall in question shores up the side of a subway tunnel.

Silverstein says he cannot start his foundation with the wall in the way.

Port Authority executive director ...


Ready or Not, 9/11 Memorial to Open by 10th Anniversary

Friday, October 03, 2008

The new schedule for the World Trade Center's redevelopment calls for the memorial to be open on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks - September 11, 2011. But that doesn't mean it'll be open after that date. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman explains.

REPORTER: Gov. David Paterson ...


New Schedule for WTC Redevelopment

Thursday, October 02, 2008

After years of setting deadlines and pushing them back, a new definitive construction schedule for the World Trade Center redevelopment will come out later this morning. It will replace one devised by Governors Pataki and Spitzer that Governor Paterson has called too optimistic.

A Port Authority ...


Port Authority Releases New Budget & Time Table on WTC Site

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward says he is giving priority to the 8 acre memorial.

In fact, he says the authority will absorb $75 million in extra costs to enable at least part of the memorial plaza to open by the 10th anniversary of the ...


Local Politicians Weigh in on Term Limits

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg's reported plans to extend term limits and run again are getting mixed reviews from the people hoping to take his place. Queens Councilman Tony Avella calls the idea shameful. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz says he may step out of the mayor's race ...


GAO Says FAA Can't Auction Flight Slots

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Congressional investigators say federal aviation officials have no legal authority to auction off flight slots, a scheme the government devised to try to cut crippling traffic jams at major airports including Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark.

The report from the Government Accountability Office comes amid a legal ...


Good Bye Tappan Zee

Friday, September 26, 2008

The project will take $16 billion to complete, and could add space for express buses and commuter trains.

State Transportation Commissioner Astrid Glynn says it's a better deal because repairing the current bridge, wouldn't save much money, if any.

GLYNN: What we have said after looking at ...


Landing Pads for Company Executives Flourish

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Laid off Wall Street executives don't just stand in line at the unemployment office. Their employers sometimes include "transition services" as part of a severance package. As WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports, the companies behind these services have flourished as the economy has worsened.

REPORTER: These high-end ...


MTA Says No More Free Passes On Bridges And Tunnels

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The authority's full board approved a measure revoking the practice of giving government agencies and departments free EZ-Passes.

The MTA says it will bring in $10 million it can use to plug its budget deficit. But Mark Page, one of Mayor Bloomberg's representatives to the MTA ...


Charitable Foundation Takes a Hit

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Charities have been hit hard by the latest stock market swings. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports on a foundation that was heavily invested in AIG, the insurance company that is being bailed out with an $85 billion federal loan.

REPORTER: Established by AIG Founder Cornelius Vander Starr, ...


MTA Raises Ventilation Grates to Prevent Subway Flooding

Saturday, September 20, 2008

The MTA has unveiled one of the measures it's taking to avoid a repeat of the widespread flooding of the subway system in August, 2007: raised sidewalk ventilation grates.

REPORTER: The grate's two-foot-high stainless steel walls would prevent rainwater from flowing into subway tunnels. MTA Chief ...


Buildings Department Holds Job Fair

Friday, September 19, 2008

The Buildings Department is trying to fill about 90 vacant positions, many of them new jobs added by Mayor Bloomberg to improve construction safety.

REPORTER: A couple dozen architects and engineers showed up at the department's offices on Lower Broadway Thursday to attend a job fair. ...