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No Filtration Plant Needed for City’s Catskill-Delaware Water Supply

Monday, July 30, 2007

New York City's watershed protection plan for the next ten years has won approval from the federal Environmental Protection Agency. That means the city can still avoid building a costly filtration plant because it's taking enough steps to keep the Catskill-Delaware water supply clean in ...

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Awaiting Word from State Senator in Charge of Investigation

Monday, July 30, 2007

The head of the state senate's investigations committee is expected to comment this hour on the state trooper scandal. Republican George Winner could disclose plans to investigate whether Governor Spitzer was aware that two of his top aides were using state police to track Senate ...

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One of Three Damaged Buildings Opening at Steam Explosion Site

Monday, July 30, 2007

The Chanin Building near the site of this month's steam pipe explosion has re-opened. The building, at 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue, is home to more than 125 companies. Most have been able to return.

REPORTER: Con Ed and the city’s department of small business services ...

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Foreign Coins Found in Parking Meters Up For Sale

Monday, July 30, 2007

The city is selling coins collected from parking meters. This year about 500 pounds of foreign coins faked their way into the machines.

REPORTER: The city's deputy chief of meter collections says pretty much every denomination from every continent is represented but the most common coins ...

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Bloomberg Not Budging on 9/11 Anniversary Details

Monday, July 30, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg is defending the city’s decision to move this year's September Eleventh memorial ceremony out of ground zero. Some families of 9/11 victims have said they'll apply to hold their own ceremony at the trade center site if city and state officials don't reverse ...

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Commission to Review Albany Scandal

Friday, July 27, 2007

The state Ethics Commission will investigate the Spitzer administration's alleged misuse of state police to spy on a political rival.

REPORTER: A Republican led committee in the state senate has also launched a preliminary probe into the matter. Committee chair George Winner says investigators will start ...

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Bloomberg Praises Congestion Pricing Study

Friday, July 27, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg is praising the state legislature for approving legislation to set up a congestion pricing study.

REPORTER: The mayor says he's confident that his proposal to charge motorists to drive into the busiest part of Manhattan during peak times would be implemented through the committee's ...

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Politicians Call for Housing Support

Friday, July 27, 2007

Public housing residents are calling on Governor Spitzer to sign a bill that would provide badly needed funding for struggling projects across the city. The bill has already been approved by the legislature. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

REPORTER: In May, the public housing authority announced it ...

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Bloomberg Will Veto Cell Phone Bill

Friday, July 27, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg has vowed to veto a City Council bill that would allow students to take their cell phones to public schools. The bill stops short of allowing cell phones in the classroom and requires schools to come up with ways to keep students' cell ...

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City Reaches Contract With NYPD Captains

Friday, July 27, 2007

The city has reached a tentative contract settlement with the Captains' Endowment Association, which represents the Police Department's top ranks.

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg and John Driscoll, the union's president, said the contract runs from 2003 through March 2012. The agreement, which still has to be ratified, ...

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Lawmakers Seek New Restrictions on Military Base

Friday, July 27, 2007

New Jersey lawmakers want the military to enforce new safety restrictions at the Warren Grove Gunnery Range. This, after an Air Force investigation found that a pilot who dropped a flare too low caused a massive fire in the Pine Barrens this May.

REPORTER: US Senator Robert ...

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New Terms for Bear Hunt

Friday, July 27, 2007

New Jersey's State Environmental Commissioner Lisa Jackson has issued draft recommendations for a new black bear management policy.

REPORTER: She's emphasizing non-lethal measures to control the state's growing bear population. But her recommendations are not supported by the state Fish and Game Council, which is supposed to ...

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Dentist Sues Con Ed for $25 Million

Friday, July 27, 2007

A dentist, who treats celebrities, is suing Con Edison for damaging his practice by not letting him back into his midtown offices after the steam pipe explosion.

REPORTER: Dr. Bruce Haber is a cosmetic dentist who says he treats corporate CEOs, famous sports figures, actors and ...

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Manhattan Parking Costly Investment

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Manhattan isn't just one of the priciest places to live - a new survey says Manhattanites also pay a lot to park their cars. The Collier International Parking Survey shows the median monthly rate in Midtown is $630 and the median rate downtown is $500. ...

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Parents Rally for Family Leave Bill

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Families will gather in Albany at noon today to urge the state Senate to pass a family leave bill. The governor-backed legislation passed the Democrat-controlled Assembly in June, but awaits a vote in the Republican-controlled Senate.

REPORTER: It would create a social insurance program to provide ...

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City ID Card Proposed

Thursday, July 26, 2007

The creation of a city ID card has the support of twenty council members. The legislation was officially introduced yesterday. The card would make it possible for illegal immigrants to open bank accounts and access certain services, since they don't qualify for state issued ID's ...

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Albany Scandal Escalates

Thursday, July 26, 2007

New York Senator Joe Bruno wants another investigation into the possible misuse of state police by Governor Spitzer. Bruno says because two of the governor's top aides have refused to testify under oath, greater doubt has been cast on a possible conspiracy against him.

BRUNO: This ...

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Former Council Aide Escorted from City Hall

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Things were tense just before yesterday's City Council meeting as the former Chief of Staff for Councilman Charles Barron was escorted out of council chambers by police.

REPORTER: Council Speaker Christine Quinn says Viola Plummer had no right to be there since she was fired for ...

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Rider Advocate Respond to Hike Rumors

Thursday, July 26, 2007

The MTA may automatically raise subway and bus fares, and some tolls every two years, starting next year. That's when the agency wants to increase fare and toll revenues by 6.5%.

REPORTER: Though the MTA says it has the money this year to plug an $800 ...

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Manhattan Apartment Building Wall Collapses, Residents Evacuated

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Hundreds of residents of a Manhattan apartment building are waiting to find out when they can go back home. They were forced to evacuate after a retaining wall at a neighboring construction site collapsed last night. No injuries have been reported.

REPORTER: A city Office of ...

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