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MTA Considers Fare Hike

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Rumors of another subway and bus fare hike are heating up. Today, the MTA board will discuss its preliminary budget for the next 4 years. An increase is widely expected due to an anticipated deficit of $800 million in 2008.

REPORTER: The base fare of $2 per ride hasn't changed since ...

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Con Ed Continues to Investigate the Cause of the Blast

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Con Edison crews have been working around the clock since last week's steam pipe explosion in midtown. Cleanup efforts include washing and vacuuming the water around the affected area. A spokesperson for the utility says it's unclear when the site will be safe enough for repair work to begin. Con ...

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Taxi Drivers Threaten Strike

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

A group representing more than 8,000 taxi drivers has threatened to strike if the city moves forward with the installation of GPS systems in cabs.

REPORTER: The Taxi Workers Alliance has opposed the plan since its inception. Now, it says it will strike by September if the proposal doesn't change.

REPORTER: GPS ...

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City Council Votes on Cell Phones in School

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

New York City's controversial ban of cell phones in schools might be changed. The City Council is expected to vote today on new legislation that would prevent schools from taking away the phones as long as they are only used while the student is going to and from school.

REPORTER: It ...

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Bruno Scandal May Hurt NY State Police Chief

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Governor Eliot Spitzer is in Buffalo this morning, one day after a major shake-up within his own office. The governor has suspended one top aide and demoted another after Attorney General Cuomo said they had used the state police to gather information on trips taken by Senate Majority Leader Bruno.

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Businesses Struggle to Re-Open Doors in Steam Blast Zone

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

While some businesses in the area around last week's steam pipe explosion have reopened their doors still others remain closed. They're dealing with broken windows, water damage, and lost foot traffic.

REPORTER: The 56-story Chanin Building was closed off to tenants yesterday and will be closed for a couple more days, ...

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Steam Damage in the Range of Millions

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Experts predict that the economic damage from last week's steam pipe explosion in midtown Manhattan could reach into the tens of millions of dollars. The blast closed about 125 street-level shops and sent debris through the windows of some of the city's most expensive real estate, damaging office equipment.

REPORTER: Con ...

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City Switches State Requirements for Arts Education

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The city's 1,400 principals are getting new booklets explaining the state requirements for arts education. These reminders come as principals switch to a new budget system, which no longer earmarks about $65 for arts education for each child but instead gives them more flexibility to use their funding.

REPORTER: Critics worry ...

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Steam Explosion Cleanup to Last All Week

Monday, July 23, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg says it will take at least the rest of this week for Con Edison to repair the crater and fix the pavement, following last week's steam pipe explosion.

REPORTER: The city has reopened most of the area by now, except for about a block in either direction on Lexington ...

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Spitzer Suspends and Reassigns Staff Members for Leaking Bruno Flights

Monday, July 23, 2007

Governor Spitzer suspended a top aide and will reassign another following a state attorney general's report that said staff members conspired to release politically damaging information about Republican Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno's use of state aircraft.

Spitzer suspended indefinitely without pay his communications director, Darren Dopp, and will reassign his ...

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High Mercury Levels Connected to Fish Eaters

Monday, July 23, 2007

One in four New Yorkers, and nearly half of Asian New Yorkers, have elevated mercury levels in their blood and the city's Health Department says its survey shows the higher levels are closely related to fish consumption.

REPORTER: Health Department official Dan Kass says the levels are a consequence of uncontrolled ...

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City to Offer Loans to Business Affected by Steam Pipe Explosion

Monday, July 23, 2007

The city's Department of Small Business Services will be offering loans of up to $10,000 to business affected by last week's steam pipe explosion. The loans will be zero interest loans, and the city will not require repayment for the first six months.

REPORTER: Robert Walsh is the department's commissioner. He ...

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MTA: New Yorkers Take the Subway in Record Numbers

Monday, July 23, 2007

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says weekday subway ridership is up 4.5% from the same time last year and the number of people taking the subway on the weekends has jumped up over 6%.

In May, 138 million trips were taken on the subway which is the highest monthly total since 1953.

Bus ...

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Conductor James Levine Cancels Festival Appearance

Monday, July 23, 2007

Conductor James Levine canceled his weekend appearances at the Verbier Festival, citing health problems. In a statement on the festival's website, he said his doctors have advised him not to travel, but to "stay calm and collect my energies."

REPORTER: Levine is the music director of New York's Metropolitan Opera and ...

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Woody Allen to Direct Puccini Opera in LA

Friday, June 22, 2007

Woody Allen directing an opera? In Los Angeles? It's set to happen in September 2008, according to Placido Domingo who's general director of the Los Angeles Opera.

REPORTER: The New York filmmaker is scheduled to direct "Gianni Schicchi," part of a trio of one act operas by Puccini.

REPORTER: “Gianni Schicchi" is ...

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City’s Small Businesses Honored

Friday, June 22, 2007

Ten of the city's small manufacturing industries will be honored this morning by the Industrial Retention Network. The organization recognizes small, environmentally-friendly manufacturing companies that create jobs for New Yorkers.

REPORTER: One honoree, Ken Bollella says there's no better place to do business. Bollella owns Bronx-based Globus Cork, which makes a ...

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Firefighter Killed in Williamsburg Blaze

Friday, June 22, 2007

Fire officials say they believe a cigarette caused a Brooklyn blaze that led to the death of a firefighter who fell off the roof.

REPORTER: 23-year-old firefighter Daniel Pujdak climbed up a ladder with heavy equipment. He was preparing to cut a hole in the four-story building's roof to vent the ...

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In Case of Blackout, Con Ed Will Pay Customers

Friday, June 22, 2007

If there's a blackout this summer, residents and businesses who lose food and medicine will be eligible for assistance from Con Ed. Households can apply for up to $450 and businesses can apply for up to $9,000. The current limit is $350 and $7,000.

REPORTER: Queens Councilman James Gennaro thinks that ...

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Corzine Driver Disciplined

Friday, June 22, 2007

The trooper who was driving Governor Corzine's SUV when it crashed will be disciplined. New Jersey's State Police superintendent, Rick Fuentes has recommended a 5 day suspension for Trooper Robert Rasinski.

REPORTER: Corzine was critically injured in the April crash. Investigators say Rasinski wasn't paying enough attention while driving, that he ...

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Early Approval for New Jersey Budget

Friday, June 22, 2007

New Jersey's Legislature has approved a $33.4 billion state budget. For the first time since 2001, there are no new taxes or fee increases.

REPORTER: Nearly half of the budget is devoted to property tax relief, including a program to send rebate checks averaging $1,051 to most homeowners. New Jersey has ...

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