Matthew Schuerman

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Matthew Schuerman appears in the following:

City Council Discusses Congestion Pricing

Monday, March 24, 2008

It's a do-or-die week for congestion pricing.

The state legislature set next Monday as the deadline for the $8 per car fee to drive into Manhattan. But first, the proposal has to pass through the City Council, which holds a hearing on it today.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is behind the plan - ...


M.T.A. Begs Albany for more Transit Funds

Friday, March 21, 2008

The federal government gave out more than $4.5 billion after September 11 to invest in downtown transportation improvements. Now that these projects are being built, state agencies are finding that the money was not nearly enough to pay for them all. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is begging ...


Weakening Economy may Delay Atlantic Yards Project

Friday, March 21, 2008

Ever since it got approved at the end of 2006, Forest City Ratner has said it is sticking to its schedule for completing the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn within 10 years.

Now the developer acknowledges that the shaky economy may delay construction after all. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

Forest City ...


Changed Deadline for Congestion Pricing

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is still acting as if March 31 is the deadline for a congestion pricing plan to pass in Albany, though a wrinkle in the way the state and federal government set the deadlines may actually give him an extra week.

Yesterday, the mayor's office released a draft ...


JPMorgan's Downtown Deal Still Unclear

Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Port Authority has suggested that JPMorgan is still interested in building something at Ground Zero.

But Mayor Michael Bloomberg, asked at a press conference yesterday if he was sure the firm would hold onto the lower Manhattan property, he wasn't convinced.

BLOOMBERG: No, I don't think they know or ...


Lack of Yankee Funds for South Bronx

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx is more than halfway finished. It's expected to be ready on schedule by opening day of 2009.

But, the surrounding neighborhood isn't seeing all the benefits that were supposed to come, even while residents are contending with construction noise.

WNYC’s Matthew Schuerman reports.


Mayor Bloomberg Outlines Case for Congestion Pricing

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

City and state legislators have just 13 days before they're required to vote on a plan to charge an $8 fee to drivers for entering the busiest parts of Manhattan. Yet congestion pricing seems far from their minds. The economy, the mood on Wall Street, the upcoming city and state ...


Lower Manhattan Suffers from Buyout

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Downtown boosters scored a huge point last summer when JPMorgan Chase committed to building a new investment banking headquarters at Ground Zero.

For years, lower Manhattan had been losing financial companies to Midtown, first because of the better transportation that Grand Central Terminal provided. Then, because of the shock of September ...


Crane Collapse Stands Apart from Past Accidents

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The death toll from Saturday's crane collapse is now at seven, making it the worst such accident in the city's recent history.

The circumstances behind the collapse buck the trend of most fatal construction accidents.

WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that most construction fatalities in New ...


East Side Development Closer to Approval

Thursday, March 13, 2008

A City Council committee has approved a $4 billion residential and commercial development on the East River. The project, proposed by developer Sheldon Solow, is on a former Con Ed property.

Dan Garodnick, a Democrat from the East Side, said that five of the project's towers were scaled back significantly.



Questions Over Harlem Building Collapse

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Two months ago, city officials tried to alert the owner of a Harlem building of structural problems. That building collapsed last week, snarling Metro-North traffic for hours.

But how the warning was delivered has raised questions about the way the Buildings Department contacts property owners in emergencies. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

The ...


Retailers hit by downtown construction get boost

Friday, March 07, 2008

Downtown retailers who have been complaining for months about the noise and detours that construction has caused got some good news today.

The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation announced that it would give out $5 million in grants to ground-floor businesses that have lost sales because of the construction. Gov. Eliot Spitzer ...


Creative Brooklynites Gather at Forum

Thursday, March 06, 2008

The artists, architects and others like them who live in Brooklyn now account for $500 millio in income per year.

Two organizations held a forum yesterday at the borough's central library on how to keep the so-called creative sector growing.

WNYC's Matthew Schuerman was there.

OUTRO: The forum was sponsored by the Center ...


Engineer Charged With Perjury

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

REPORTER: An engineer charged with perjury has pleaded not guilty for allegedly lying to city investigators studying a building collapse that killed 2 firefighters in 2006.

Jose Vargas was arraigned in State Supreme Court in the Bronx yesterday.

He said there were steel beams in the building when it was constructed, when ...


Sander Gives First State of MTA Address

Monday, March 03, 2008

Even though the Second Avenue Subway has not been fully funded, much less built, the head the MTA is dreaming about the next steps his agency will take.

REPORTER: Lee Sander said at the first-ever State of the MTA address that today's mega-projects would lay the groundwork for a new generation ...


Spitzer Backs Away From Land Sale

Friday, February 29, 2008

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn had criticized the sale because it would preclude any significant expansion of the Javits.

Pat Foye, Spitzer's top economic development aide, told a state senate panel that he's forming a task force to find another spot for a convention center.

FOYE: The future of ...


Congestion Pricing Opponents Present New Plan

Friday, February 29, 2008

REPORTER: Thirty state and city lawmakers who oppose congestion pricing have introduced their own plan. They say it would raise almost as much money for the transit system as Mayor Bloomberg's original plan.

Instead of an $8 fee to drive into central Manhattan, the alternative would add a $4 surcharge for ...


MTA Needs $30 Billion To Maintain and Expand Services

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The capital plan for the MTA is out early.

It asks for $30 billion over the next five years, a record amount that officials say is needed both to keep up the current level of service and expand it.

WNYC's Matthew Schuerman says its passage in Albany will be tied up with ...


Congestion Pricing Supporters Sponsor Print Ads

Monday, February 25, 2008

Supporters of congestion pricing will spend half-a-million dollars on television and print advertisements over the next four weeks. The ads emphasize that charging cars and trucks a fee to drive into central Manhattan will pump an estimated $500 million a year into the transit system.

REPORTER: Anna Vincenty of Nos Quedamos, ...


New Card Tested on PATH and NJ Transit

Friday, February 22, 2008

REPORTER: The Port Authority, which owns the PATH, says it had enlisted MasterCard Worldwide to test a "contactless card" that riders would tap against the fare box to pay their way.

The card would work at PATH stations and on 2 connecting New Jersey Transit bus routes.

PA Chairman Tony Coscia says ...