Matthew Schuerman

Editor, WNYC

Matthew Schuerman appears in the following:

Paying More & Getting Less

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Some of the highlights: fare and toll hikes of 23 percent, reductions in off-peak bus, subway and commuter train service, the elimination of the W and Z lines and the phasing out of 2,700 jobs. Sander, was almost apologetic during the presentation but he says ...


City Council and Bloomberg Clash on Rebate Checks

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg says he "cuts the checks," and that's why he can withhold $400 rebate checks without the City Council's approval.

But he also suggests that he might be flexible on the issue as budget negotiations continue.

BLOOMBERG: We are far from having a balanced budget. We ...


Part 2: The Cost of Doing Business

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Construction safety has become all the more important over the past five years, as housing production reached numbers never seen since the city began keeping records in the 1960s. Yet so far this year, 27 construction workers have died on the job. Yesterday, WNYC began ...


Behind "The Cost of Doing Business"

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Twenty-seven construction workers have died on the job this year, and a slowing economy may not do a whole lot to solve this problem.

REPORTER: For the past nine months, WNYC reporters Cindy Rodriguez and Matthew Schuerman have been investigating the downside of the city’s building ...


The Cost of Doing Business

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Everyday, construction workers pour concrete hundreds of feet in the air, cranes hover overhead and familiar views of the sky disappear. Since 2003, the city has been experiencing a historic building boom. Development hasn't been this high for 30 years.

But that prosperity has come at ...


Part 1: The Cost of Doing Business

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Every day, construction workers pour concrete 400 feet in the air, cranes hover overhead and familiar views of the sky disappear. Since 2003, the city has been experiencing a historic building boom. Development hasn’t been this high for 30 years.

But that prosperity has come ...


New York City Council Expected to Pass Willets Point Plan

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The city's redevelopment plan for the Willets Point section of Queens is poised for passage in the City Council today after a last-minute deal. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman explains.

REPORTER: Just three months ago, a majority of council members signed an angry letter threatening to sink ...


Another Fare Hike?

Monday, November 10, 2008

The MTA says the failing economy is causing next year's deficit to balloon to $1.2 billion, making it even more necessary to hike bus and subway fares, and bridge and tunnel tolls.

Lee Sander, the authotity's executive director, says service cuts are also likely, though he ...


NYC to Require Bike Storage for New Buildings

Monday, November 10, 2008

Bicycle commuting is going up across the city, and the Bloomberg administration wants to make life easier for New Yorkers who get to work on two wheels. The Department of City Planning will propose new regulations today to require locked bike rooms in almost all ...


Triborough Renamed 'Robert F. Kennedy Bridge'

Friday, November 07, 2008

Robert F. Kennedy would have turned 83 years old this month. On November 19th, the Triborough Bridge will be officially renamed in honor of the New York Senator who was killed while running for president in 1968. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

REPORTER: The MTA, which owns ...


Only Modest Gain in NYC Turnout

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Despite the dancing in the streets and the long lines at the polls, New York City's turnout rate was somewhat underwhelming. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The city's board of elections hasn't given out final numbers. But it is reporting that 2.34 million New Yorkers ...


Problems at the Polls

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

The record turnout is magnifying the the types of glitches that take place in every election, as every machine was needed and every poll worker kept busy.

A broken machine in Park Slope Brooklyn led to a line that snaked out the polling place and down ...


Election Eve Campaigning for Obama

Monday, November 03, 2008

Campaign volunteers streamed down by the busload to Pennsylvania this weekend to help out their candidate in a state that could, unlike New York, go either way.

One of them is Kimberly Conway, a lawyer from Brooklyn, volunteering for the Obama campaign. She spoke to us ...


New York Expands Its "Stop Smoking" Campaign

Friday, October 31, 2008

State and city environmental officers set up the first of several check points where they'll pull over trucks that are visibly spewing exhaust, or needlessly idling.

State Environmental Commissioner Pete Grannis says the first stop on the campaign is right under the entrance ramp to the ...


Getting Ready for Election Day

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Absentee voters are showing up at their borough board of elections office in record numbers. At the Brooklyn office this morning, Jonathan Snyder gave up after being told the wait could be an hour.

SNYDER: A bit annoyed. I'm pretty confident my candidate is going to ...


MTA Seeks Federal Stimulus Fund

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is the latest to join the bread line that's forming outside the U.S. Capitol. New York is facing the worst fiscal crisis in decades. Yesterday, as Gov. Paterson testified before Congress on why New York needs federal stimulus money, transit officials ...


MTA Warned Not to Balance Budget on Backs of Riders

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

With two days to go before Halloween, transit advocates handed out treats to board members of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, as they warned the agency against committing budget-balancing "tricks" on commuters.

REPORTER: Gene Russianoff, with the Straphangers Campaign, handed out fortune cookies, with "fortunes" like, "In ...


MTA Appoints Managers for Subway Lines

Monday, October 27, 2008

New York City Transit is putting one individual in charge of each of its numbered lines to increase accountability, and hopefully, customer satisfaction.

The transit agency named new line managers that will be in charge of the 1,2,3,4,5 and 6 lines. They are all experienced MTA ...


City Officials Answer Congressional Questions on New Yankee Stadium

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Bloomberg Administration officials traveled to Washington Friday to testify before a Congressional committee. At issue was whether the Finance Department manipulated a property appraisal to enable the new Yankee Stadium to get built. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

REPORTER: The appraisal had to be high enough so ...


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 ...