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City Buys 30 Acres at Hunter's Point South

Thursday, June 25, 2009

A new Queens neighborhood is officially in the works. Mayor Bloomberg announced today that the city has acquired 30 acres at Hunter's Point South in Long Island City, an area that's now mostly vacant. The mayor says it's actually a good time to move forward with a large-scale project.

BLOOMBERG: Because ...

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D.A. Morgenthau Endorses Cyrus Vance Jr.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau is endorsing Cyrus Vance Jr. as his would-be successor. Vance, who served as a prosecutor under Morgenthau in the 1980's is currently in private practice. Morgenthau says Vance is tenacious, fair and respected by his peers.

MORGENTHAU: The next district attorney should know the criminal justice ...

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Report: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Lack Support

Thursday, June 25, 2009

New Yorkers raising grandchildren find it hard to get help from city agencies. So says a new report from the New York City Kincare Task Force. Co-chair Deborah Langosch says older caretakers often need housing and financial help, but don't find much support.

LANGOSCH: Many of our grandparents felt that when ...

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Randi Weingarten Resigns from United Federation of Teachers

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The city's teachers union president is stepping down after over 10 years in the post. Randi Weingarten is leaving the United Federation of Teachers to focus on her role as president of the national union, the American Federation of Teachers, a post she took last July and has held simultaneously.

The ...

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NYC to Host Climate Week

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Move over, Fashion Week! This fall, the city will be hosting Climate Week, in support of a summit on climate change at the United Nations. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon hopes the September 22 meeting of world leaders will pave the way for a new deal in Copenhagen in ...

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Councilman Bill de Blasio Calls for Rent Freeze

Monday, June 22, 2009

City Councilman Bill de Blasio is calling on the Rent Guidelines Board to vote for a rent freeze for rent-stabilized tenants this year, something the board has never done. De Blasio says the city is not doing enough to help lower and middle income New Yorkers through the recession, and ...

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Koch Scheduled for Heart Surgery

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Former New York City mayor Ed Koch is scheduled to have open heart surgery within the next week. Koch suffered a heart attack 10 years ago, and a spokesman say he's in New York Presbyterian Hospital Columbia for the past two days. Mayor Bloomberg says he spoke with Koch today.

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Construction Workers Get Settlement

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Three undocumented workers have reached a nearly $4 million settlement with their employers, after a two-year case in New York state supreme court. The two construction workers and a plumber are from Mexico and Ecuador, and claimed they were severely injured on the job. Attorney Brian O'Dwyer says employers have ...

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Iranian New Yorkers Protest Election Results

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Iranian New Yorkers are protesting the results of the election in Iran. About 25 of them gathered outside the U.N. today, to challenge the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad. Protester Sinan, who gave only his first name, says the election results don't reflect what he and other Iranians really want ...

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Police Commissioner Negotiating to Save Civilian NYPD Positions

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

While the budget deal between Mayor Bloomberg and Council Speaker Quinn would save 16 firehouses, 350 civilian NYPD employees are still slated for pink slips. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says he's still negotiating with City Hall to try to restore those positions, so that active duty cops don't have to ...

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Paterson Pleads With Senators to Address Legislation

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Governor Paterson says he won't step into the state Senate leadership dispute. But with crucial legislation languishing since last week's Republican coup, Paterson is pleading with senators to reconvene and get to work.

PATERSON: As a leader in this state, I'm crying out for the other leaders to hear me. I ...

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Sikh Transit Workers Protest MTA Logos on Turbans

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sikh transit workers forced to wear MTA logos on their turbans since 9-11 will appeal to local legislators today at City Hall. Two of the workers are suing the MTA claiming the policy amounts to religious discrimination.

Amardeep Singh is the executive director of the Sikh Coalition and says there are ...

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Financing Secured to Restore Historic Ship

Monday, June 15, 2009

A sailboat known as New York's floating environmental classroom, the Clearwater, is undergoing its last year of a five year renovation project. Congressman Maurice Hinchey says he's secured $150,000 for the historic ship, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary on the Hudson River. The ship, which is in the National ...

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City Council Moving Ahead on 2010 Budget

Monday, June 15, 2009

Despite uncertainty in the state Senate, the City Council is moving forward on next year's budget. David Weprin, the chair of the finance committee, isn't worried about the budget's future once it reaches Albany.

WEPRIN: I'm optimistic that we'll be able to pass our budget regardless what happens at the state ...

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Judge Partially Blocks Republican Seizure of NY Senate

Thursday, June 11, 2009

An appellate court judge has granted State Senate Democrats an injunction that partially blocks the new coalition leadership from taking control. The order blocks Pedro Espada, the dissident Democrat elected Senate president on Monday, from being in line to succeed the governor if he's out of state, or if the ...

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Straphangers: Fix Subway Phones

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Pay phones may be a thing of the past on city streets, now that personal cell phones are so ubiquitous but transit advocates say they still perform an important service in the subway. And the group, Straphangers Campaign, says that's why it's a shame that its latest survey found a ...

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Senate Secretary Guarding the Keys to Chamber

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

The legislative saga continues in Albany. Senate Secretary Angelo Aponte, has reportedly locked the Senate chamber doors and is refusing to turn the keys over to Senator Pedro Espada. Espada has called for Aponte's resignation saying he is acting like a child because he knows his days are numbered.

ESPADA: Oh ...

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Captain Sullenberger Testifies Before NTSB

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Famed US Airways Captain Chesley Sullenberger was back in the national spotlight today when he testified before the National Transportation Safety Board about his splash landing in the Hudson earlier this year. Sullenberger, credited his years of experience as a pilot for his ability to make the necessary decisions to ...

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Coup in the NY Senate

Monday, June 08, 2009

New York State Senate Republicans have taken control of the state Senate. Two Democratic Senators -- Pedro Espada Jr. of the Bronx and Hiram Monserrate of Queens -- have joined the Republicans, giving them a two vote edge in chamber. But neither of them is changing his party affiliation.

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Mayor Meets Council Opposition On School Control

Friday, June 05, 2009

City lawmakers don't agree that the mayor should keep his control of city schools -- just because test scores got a bump this year. During a council hearing yesterday, schools Chancellor Joel Klein credited the mayor's reforms with driving up those scores. Still, Councilman Charles Barron was skeptical.

BARRON: Something is ...

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