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Matthew Schuerman

Editor, WNYC

Matthew Schuerman appears in the following:

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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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Plan Would Tear Down Parking Lot, Put Up Park

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Elected officials stood along the edge of the East River this morning to call for a new park where an abandoned parking lot now stands.

REPORTER: The park would be located between 37th and 41st streets and cost 80 to 100 million dollars to build. But East Side Council Member Daniel ...

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New York's Off-Track Betting To Shut Down

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Governor Eliot Spitzer sounded confident this morning that he would work out a deal with the legislature and Mayor Michael Bloomberg to head off the closure of the city's Off-Track Betting Corporation.

SPITZER: I sympathize with the mayor that he’s frustrated that the racing industry has not done as well as ...

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Former Mayor of Bogota Stumps for Congestion Pricing in NYC

Monday, February 18, 2008

The former mayor of Bogota, Columbia, is in the City today to stump for congestion pricing. Enrique Penalosa is known for instituting a number of transportation innovations in the late 1990s, including a bus rapid transit system, which some consider key to winning the congestion pricing debate here. WNYC's Matthew ...

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Con Ed Faulted in Blast Report

Thursday, February 14, 2008

State regulators have wrapped up the most extensive report so far on last July's fatal steam pipe explosion in midtown.

It says that Con Edison tried to repair the section of pipe responsible for the blast at least 2 different times over the previous 2 years.

The report, by the state Public ...

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Developer's Donation Raises Eyebrows

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn was approved more than a year ago and is already under construction, but its developer just gave an unusually large political donation to New York state democrats.

WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

Forest City Ratner gave more than $58,000 to the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee last month.

A ...

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New Plan for Former Deutsche Bank

Friday, February 08, 2008

REPORTER: Instead of removing contaminants and dismantling the structure at almost the same time, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation will start with the asbestos abatement.

Then, after returning for more approvals, it will demolish the structure.

Catherine McVay Hughes, vice chairwoman of Community Board 1, says the decision and its approval by ...

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Huge Crackdown on the Gambino Organization

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Law enforcement officials cracked down on the Gambino crime family this morning like they never have before unsealing indictments that charge 62 people with murder, attempted murder, racketeering and illegal gambling.

REPORTER: Prosecutors say that the Gambino organization extorted hundreds of thousands of dollars from the construction industry through a widespread ...

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New Domino Plan Criticized

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

REPORTER: The extra floors could add 60 or 70 luxury apartments to the landmarked building that would help pay for the expensive renovation.

It would also pay for hundreds of affordable apartments elsewhere in the New Domino project.

After a hearing at the Landmarks Preservation Commission yesterday, Lisa Kersavage of the Municipal ...

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Congestion Pricing Plan Approved, Critics Remain

Friday, February 01, 2008

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg's plan to charge drivers to enter certain parts of Manhattan now goes to the City Council and possibly, the state legislature for approval.

Yesterday, a slightly altered version of the proposal got the overwhelming support of a state commission.

Westchester Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, a Democrat, was 1 of 2 ...

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Big Loss for Atlantic Yards Opponents

Friday, February 01, 2008

A federal appeals court ruled eminent domain can be used to acquire property for the residential complex and sports arena.

The ruling leaves the 14 plaintiffs with one final option: to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to take on their case. They are hoping the justices will jump at the chance ...

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Plans Weighed for Pier 40

Thursday, January 31, 2008

REPORTER: The Related Companies wants to build a permanent home for Cirque du Soleil on the Houston Street Pier.

But, Greenwich Village parents have countered with their own plan to keep the pier pretty much as it is - only adding an art gallery and parking spaces that are there now.

The ...

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Congestion Pricing Plan Passes State Panel

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to charge drivers an eight dollar fee to enter Midtown and Lower Manhattan overwhelmingly won the approval of a state commission charged with reviewing it, and other traffic-calming options.

The commission made changes to the mayor's original plan, including shrinking the fee zone. It now goes to ...

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Congestion Pricing Vote Expected Today

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Nine months ago, Mayor Bloomberg proposed a congestion pricing system that would charge drivers to enter central Manhattan on weekdays.

This afternoon, the state’s Traffic Congestion Mitigation Commission will likely endorse some variation of that plan. Then, the City Council takes up the issue, followed by the state legislature, where opposition ...

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Stuck in Park

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

WNYC reporter Matthew Schuerman and Diana Taylor, chairperson of the Hudson River Park Trust, talk about Hudson River Park's difficult rebuilding process.

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MTA To Revise Transit Hub Plans

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Fulton Street Transit Center in lower Manhattan is more than $300 million over budget, due to inflation in the construction industry.

Yesterday, MTA officials said they would take the next 30 days to redesign the station and lower the cost. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

The options available to the MTA are ...

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Developer Withdraws from Hudson River Pier Project

Friday, January 25, 2008

A developer who won a hard fought battle to turn a Pier on the Hudson River into a catering hall and exhibit space has withdrawn.

Almost three years ago the Witkoff Group was designated the preferred developer for Pier 57 at West 15th Street. A spokesman said that the company changed ...

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Work Can Finally Restart at Ground Zero

Thursday, January 24, 2008

REPORTER: The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation is waiting for the EPA to approve a new deconstruction plan.

Under sharp questioning from Queens Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., the state official in charge of redeveloping the World Trade Center site, Avi Schick, set a December deadline to dismantle the contaminated building.

VALLONE: The fact ...

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