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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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New York Times Increases Paper Prices

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Readers will have to dig a little deeper to buy The New York Times next month. The paper's price at the newsstand will rise to $1.25 on July 16th.

REPORTER: A spokeswoman for the paper says that home-delivery rates for the Times will jump about 3% to 4%. And cost of ...

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New York Boosts Biotech Industry

Thursday, June 21, 2007

The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative or IAVI has signed a 15 year lease for space at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. The announcement bolsters city and state efforts to strengthen the New York's biotech industry.

REPORTER: Jonathan Bowles, of the nonpartisan Center for an Urban Future, says there's no question that biotech ...

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New York Candidates React to Bloomberg’s Choice

Thursday, June 21, 2007

New York's two declared candidates for president are making light of Mayor Bloomberg's decision to drop out of the Republican party. Senator Hillary Clinton said she understands his choice.

CLINTON: Well I am not surprised by anyone leaving the Republican party these days, and I'll just leave it at that.

REPORTER: Rudy ...

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NJ Lawmakers Vote on Budget

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Nine days before the constitutional deadline, New Jersey lawmakers are set to approve a $33.5 billion budget. The spending plan up for a vote today calls for no tax increases while boosting property tax relief. It also provides 3% more state aid for public schools - the largest rise since ...

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NJ Governor Considers Two Top Posts

Thursday, June 21, 2007

The New Jersey Senate's Judiciary Committee will consider Governor Corzine's nominations for Supreme Court chief justice and attorney general today.

REPORTER: He wants current Attorney General Stuart Rabner to be chief justice and for Anne Milgram to succeed Rabner as attorney general.

REPORTER: The hearings had been delayed because Senator Nia Gill ...

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Four Missing After Catskills Floods

Thursday, June 21, 2007

The search continues for four people reported missing after a flash flood in the southern edge of the Catskills. The search was called off at dark yesterday for the safety of the searchers.

REPORTER: Up to eight inches of rain fell in two hours late Tuesday, washing out roads and homes ...

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Top Rating Goes to Queens Enclave

Thursday, June 21, 2007

The Queens neighborhood of Forest Hills Gardens has been named the top cottage community in the country. A decorating magazine called "Cottage Living," which features the likes of "Inviting Porch Makeovers" on its Web site chose the private community in Queens as a "model cottage community."

REPORTER: Forest Hills Gardens, which ...

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“Unaffiliated” Allow Bloomberg to Speak Out

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg spoke publicly for the first time yesterday about his decision to drop out of the Republican party and go unaffiliated. He blamed partisan politics for placing party dedication over the needs of voters.

REPORTER: In case you thought he was being shy, he says now he can speak freely ...

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Police Officers May Face Breathalyzer Tests

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

New York City police officers involved in shootings may soon face mandatory sobriety tests. Under new policies set take effect in September, the NYPD would administer Breathalyzer tests on any on or off duty officer who kills or wounds someone.

REPORTER: The NYPD would use the test results to determine if ...

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New Jersey Court Rules on Death Penalty

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The New Jersey Supreme Court rules that a defendant will avoid the death penalty if just one juror believes the suspect has shown he or she is mentally retarded.

REPORTER: The decision by New Jersey's highest court clarified an October decision, in which it decided that prosecutors no longer have to ...

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Schumer Pushes for Prescription Oversight

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

US Senator Charles Schumer says he wants to close a loophole that allows pharmacies to sell customers’ prescriptions and Social Security numbers to other drugstores.

REPORTER: New Yorker Randee Lonegan says when a pharmacy at a Stop-and-Shop closed, she discovered that her information had been transferred to Target.

LONEGAN: I went to ...

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Agent Orange Victims Go to Court

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

A Vietnamese delegation is trying to sue American companies for health problems they claim are related to Agent Orange.

REPORTER: A federal Appeals court in New York heard arguments from the group yesterday. Two years ago, a federal judge rejected the case outright, but the plaintiffs want to persuade the appeals ...

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Bloomberg Skirts Questions About Running for President

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg once again answered questions about whether he intends to run for president. Or at least, sort of.

REPORTER: During an appearance at Google's California headquarters, Bloomberg repeatedly told reporters he plans to serve out his current term. But, when asked directly to rule out the possibility of a presidential ...

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Senate Produces New Version of Congestion Pricing

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

A new version of Mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan could mean compromise in Albany. The Republican-led Senate introduced an amended version of the bill, which would create a board to oversee the program.

REPORTER: The board would consist of 4 members appointed by the mayor, the governor and legislative leaders, instead ...

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Community Advocates for Better Diversity Education in Schools to Diminish Hate Crime

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

REPORTER: Community activists say a recent attack on a Sikh teenager at a Queens high school was not an isolated incident. The Sikh Coalition says Sikhs are routinely harassed for wearing turbans. The group's director, Amardeep Singh, says schools need to teach more diversity.

SINGH: It's critical that our department of ...

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Yanks Waiting on Clemens

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Roger Clemens, the pitcher seen as the Yankees' last chance to redeem their season, resumed his workouts at the New York Yankees' minor league complex today. He is still planning on making his 2007 debut Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The 44-year-old right hander was supposed to start last night, against ...

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Former Brooklyn Democratic Leader Sentenced to Prison

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Former state Assemblyman Clarence Norman Junior left a Brooklyn courtroom in handcuffs today, after a judge sentenced the once-powerful Democratic Party boss to two to six years in prison.

Before the hearing, Norman told reporters the Lord, and his family, was with him. He was convicted of grand larceny in a ...

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Fourth Suspect in JFK Terror Plot Surrenders to Police

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

A suspect in an alleged plot to bomb a fuel pipeline feeding Kennedy Airport surrendered to police today in Trinidad. Abdel Nur is the fourth suspect in the alleged terrorist plot.

The other three are in custody. The alleged ringleader is being held in New York City and will appear in ...

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NY Housing Projects Face Long Waits for Maintenance Repairs

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Thousands of tenants at 27 housing projects across the city face long waits for their elevators, roofs and heating systems to get fixed. New York's housing authority faces large deficits and is currently using about $100 million set aside for repairs to run day-to-day operations.

REPORTER: The hardest hit development is ...

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