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Matthew Schuerman

Editor, WNYC

Matthew Schuerman appears in the following:

Hoboken Mayor Wants to Wall In Her City

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

For people who thought barriers around cities became unfashionable when the Berlin Wall fell two decades ago, consider this: The mayor of Hoboken, N.J., thinks walls may be the best way to protect this compact city of 50,000 from future storms like Sandy.

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First of Sandy Aid Spelled Out for NY, NJ

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

WNYC

U.S. Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan, the so-called Sandy Czar, traveled to a pizza parlor on Staten Island's hard-hit eastern shore Wednesday to announce how the federal government's divvying up $5.6 billion in federal Sandy aid. It'll be split roughly equally among New Jersey, New York state, and New York City.

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Mayor Iffy on Cuomo Sandy Buyout Proposal

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Governor Cuomo's proposal to use federal Sandy aid to buy out Sandy-damaged homes will likely need Mayor Bloomberg's assent. So far, he hasn't given it.

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City Promotes Film While Fighting the Film's Makers in Court

Thursday, January 31, 2013

The city is paying for subway ads and posters in bus shelters to promote the Ken Burns film "The Central Park Five" as part of a "Made in NY" marketing campaign intended to promote local productions. Meanwhile, the city's Law Department is pursuing a legal case to obtain raw footage from the film as part of a legal defense. 

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From Salt Marshes to Sea Barriers, Preparing for the Next Sandy Defense

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

“If Sandy had happened three weeks before when it did,” she said, “we would have lost the Belt Parkway.”

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Bloomberg Officials Say City's Response to Sandy Took 'Some Time'

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

In a tacit acknowledgment that it took too long to get emergency supplies to neighborhoods that were hard-hit by Sandy, Bloomberg administration officials said they are taking a close look at its disaster preparedness plans.

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Cuomo Panel Says 'Maybe' to Massive Hurricane Barrier

Friday, January 11, 2013

An expert panel's preliminary report does not make New York’s solution to climate change look easy.

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NYS Commission Recommends Balloons, Buses, and More to Fight the Next Sandy

Monday, January 07, 2013

A state commission appointed by Governor Cuomo is recommending a wide variety of infrastructure improvements, from giant balloons that would inflate inside subway tunnels to more sensitive development along coastal areas, in response to Sandy.

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New Ideas for Protecting New York Harbor

Friday, January 04, 2013

"Hard" edges like hurricane barriers pose a host of problems even while they promise a lot of protection against severe storms. Landscape architects are looking at other possibilities to complement or replace them.

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Predicting When the Next Sandy Will Hit

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Maps detailing actual and expected flooding show that Sandy’s storm surge exceeded many of the 100-year flood zones, seeping into places previously considered safe. Are the flood maps wrong or was Sandy a truly exceptional storm?

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$60B Sandy Relief Bill Advances in Senate

Friday, December 21, 2012

Senate Democrats said Friday they have enough votes to approve a more than $60 billion Sandy relief bill, overcoming objections that it includes too many pet projects unrelated to the storm.

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Climate Change Fears Meet Development at the New Hudson Yards

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

After nearly a decade of planning and debate, ground was finally broken last week on a set of office and apartment towers that will be built on a platform above an MTA rail yard. But the location is in a flood plain, and a Columbia University scientist warns that the development will put an upper limit on just how much the rail yard can be raised in order to keep it out of the way of rising sea levels.

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Bloomberg's Waterfront Development Comes Under Scrutiny from Sandy's Impact

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Sandy is making planners, architects and scientists take another look at Mayor Bloomberg's effort to put high-rise apartments on New York City's waterfront. They say measures meant to make the new development withstand flooding may not be enough as sea levels continue to rise.

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Grading the Mayor: How Bloomberg Handled Sandy

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sandy was a natural disaster extreme in scope, and numerous people — from President Barack Obama to firefighters, police officers, nurses, subway workers and volunteers — were part of the New York region's storm response. But no single figure played a more central role than did Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

He doesn't control the transit system, or the purse strings at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. But he worked with the people who do. So we asked five New Yorkers to grade Bloomberg on his performance.

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WTC Site Floods, But Officials Say Buildings Will Be Hurricane-Proof

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Millions of gallons of water streamed into the World Trade Center site during Sandy, cascading through the PATH terminal and down ramps used for construction vehicles. But officials say the prognosis for flooding, and any other hurricane damage, should be much better once the 16-acre redevelopment is complete.

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Living on the Edge

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Look at a New York City evacuation map and you’ll notice something about many of the red areas along the water’s edge: they correspond to areas that the Bloomberg administration hopes will catch on as new residential neighborhoods.

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Mayor to Re-Start Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg will once again try to get the 575,000-square-foot former National Guard armory in the Kingsbridge Section of the Bronx redeveloped, according to a city hall spokesman.

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Behind the Post-9/11 Transformation of the Financial District

Thursday, September 08, 2011

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The September 11 attacks destroyed 13 million square feet of office space in Lower Manhattan. That, and two recessions, led to a loss of 16,000 jobs south of Chambers Street, according to a report from the Alliance of Downtown New York. And yet the area has remained lively, as more and more people have chosen to make their homes there.

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MTA's Port Jervis Route Off-Line Indefinitely

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

WNYC

Train service on the Port Jervis Line has been suspended due to the catastrophic damage to the track and signal system caused by Tropical Storm Irene. MTA Chairman Jay Walder invoked emergency powers to rebuild large stretches of track virtually from scratch along the Port Jervis line on the Western side of the Hudson River.

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Records Show Espada Was Senate's Biggest Spender

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Records show that scandal-plagued Pedro Espada, Jr. went on a taxpayer-funded spending spree in his final three months as a state Senator from the Bronx last year.

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