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Long Island to Receive One of Nation's Largest National Guard and Reserve Unit Facilities

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

REPORTER: Long Island will get one of the largest National Guard and Reserve Unit facilities in the US. Democratic Congressman Steve Israel says after the communication breakdown following Hurricane Katrina, he wanted federal disaster responders to work together under one roof.

ISRAEL: In this case, you're going to have the New ...

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Same-Sex Weddings Good for NYC Economy

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Weddings are a multi billion dollar industry - millions of which are spent here in New York. City Comptroller William Thompson used that argument today to say same-sex marriage would be good for the state economy and to urge state legislators to act on a languishing bill.

REPORTER: Thompson estimates that ...

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City Council Proposes Strict Campaign Finance Laws

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Christine Quinn are proposing what they call the nation's toughest campaign finance laws. The legislation would strictly limit donations from those who do business with the city, such as big developers and lobbyists.

REPORTER: Gene Russianoff of the New York Public Interest Group praised the reforms. He ...

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Garden State Laws Outdated

Monday, May 07, 2007

Several state laws that have been struck down as unconstitutional are still on the books in New Jersey. Some experts say the situation could be corrected, if the laws were just removed. But others say it's not that easy.

Some of the laws are simply outdated, such as one that limits ...

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“Jonathan’s Law” Becomes Reality

Monday, May 07, 2007

A bill spurred by the death of a 13-year-old autistic boy has been signed into law by Governor Spitzer. "Jonathan's Law" is designed to give parents of kids in residential facilities greater access to information.

Facilities are now required to notify parents and guardians within 24 hours of incidents affecting the ...

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59th Anniversary of Israel Commemorated

Monday, May 07, 2007

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg, this year's Grand Marshal of the Salute to Israel Parade, was joined the Mayor of Jerusalem during his march up 5th Avenue yesterday. Thousands of people gathered to watch the floats, which were partly sponsored by El Al Airlines and the J-Date Web site. Stanley Hochhauser has ...

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Sewage Leaks Into Hudson

Monday, May 07, 2007

A pipe leak that sent millions of gallons of raw sewage spilling into the Hudson River north of New York City has been fixed. But officials are warning boaters, water skiers and skin divers to remain out of the water through today.

Officials in Westchester say workers created a bypass to ...

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Flight 587 Remains Entombed

Monday, May 07, 2007

REPORTER: After years of trying to solve where to put the final remains of those killed in the crash of American Airlines Flight 587, 4 caskets were entombed in the Bronx yesterday. The caskets hold 889 fragments that either were unidentified or identified but never claimed. 265 people were killed ...

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Schumer Begins Inquiry Into Gas Market

Monday, May 07, 2007

Senator Charles Schumer is calling for an investigation into the tight gasoline market. The senator says oil companies should be doing more to upgrade obsolete production facilities. He's calling for an inquiry by the investigative arm of Congress, the US Government Accountability Office.

Gas prices have been driven higher in recent ...

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Court Hears Arguments on UN Tax Exemptions

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

First, it was unpaid parking tickets. Now, the dispute between New York City and United Nations diplomats is centering on whether foreign countries should pay taxes on the apartments where they house their diplomatic workers.

The Supreme Court justices heard arguments today from the city's lawyer, Michael Cardozo and from attorneys ...

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President Bush in Harlem to Promote "No Child Left Behind"

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

President Bush was in Harlem this afternoon to urge Congress to renew his No Child Left Behind legislation.

REPORTER: He says he chose the Harlem Village Academy Charter School because 88% of its students live at or below the poverty line, and 90% passed their tests. He says parents told him ...

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Bloomberg in Mexico to Explore Anti-Poverty Program for NYC

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg is South of the Border, studying the finer points of an anti-poverty program in Toluca and Mexico City that he plans to launch here in the fall.

REPORTER: Mexico's program of offering poor families cash for meeting certain goals serves 25 million people. The mayor says that even though ...

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Tainted Milk Recalled

Friday, March 30, 2007

Some chocolate milk that went to schools in New York, Connecticut and 2 other states is being recalled. Officials in Connecticut say cleaning solution was found in a batch of the milk that made 8 children sick.

Investigators believe a worker for Guida Milk & Ice Cream accidentally failed to flush ...

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Critical Mass Event

Friday, March 30, 2007

REPORTER: Bike riders are getting ready for another Critical Mass ride tonight and they're unsure how police will enforce new regulations that require groups of 50 or more obtain a permit. Tonight's riders do not have a permit. Mark Taylor has participated in the Critical Mass events for 10 years. ...

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Bronx Students Protest Ouster

Friday, March 30, 2007

REPORTER: Students from the Bronx Community School for Social Justice have protested the removal of an after school coordinator. Karim Lopez was asked to take his internship program to another location after he invited the New York Civil Liberties Union to observe the random security scanning of students last week. ...

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New Jersey Senator Indicted

Friday, March 30, 2007

A sitting New Jersey state senator who once controlled millions of dollars in state aid is facing federal corruption charges. In a 40-page indictment made public yesterday, Senator Wayne Bryant is accused of using his clout to steer millions in grants to 2 state schools.

In return, the schools allegedly gave ...

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Another Arrest in Bell Case

Thursday, March 29, 2007

A man accused of trying to discourage a witness from testifying before the grand jury investigating the shooting death of Sean Bell was arrested yesterday.

Authorities say Melvin Cordero was a supervisor for the cleaning service that employed the witness, whose identity has not been disclosed. Cordero repeatedly warned the witness ...

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Construction Scheduled for 2nd Ave. Subway

Thursday, March 29, 2007

REPORTER: Construction on the 2nd Avenue subway will break ground on April 12th, according to the MTA. The long-awaited subway will eventually carry passengers from 125th Street to the Financial District. MTA Chief Executive Elliot Sander says the project will pick up where the agency left off in the 1970s, ...

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Wal-Mart Still Interested in NYC

Thursday, March 29, 2007

REPORTER: Wal-Mart says its CEO believed it wasn't worth trying to open a store in Manhattan, but he hasn't ruling out the rest of the city. A Wal-Mart spokesman says the discount superstore is still reviewing sites in the outer boroughs. Columbia Business School professor Raymond Horton says opposition to ...

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Central Park Boathouse Audited

Thursday, March 29, 2007

The Central Park Boathouse calls itself a "famous icon of New York City" but may now be known more for its shoddy accounting, then for its food or park views. According to an audit released yesterday, the Boathouse owes the city hundreds of thousand dollars and has failed to report ...

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