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Judge Hears Arguments on Closing GM Franchises

Thursday, June 04, 2009

The judge overseeing Chrysler's bankruptcy case in New York says the automaker has a good case for the termination of 789 of its dealer franchises as part of its ongoing restructuring. But the dealers argued in today's hearing that they don't cost the automaker anything.

General Motors has also filed for ...

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Mayor, Labor Secretary Pledge Money for Job Training

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg and U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced today the city will use $32 million of federal stimulus for job training and placement services over the next two years. The training programs will reach about 10,000 New Yorkers, but no jobs are guaranteed at the end of training. ...

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Swine Flu School Update

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The city is closing another public school because of swine flu concerns. PS 161 in Manhattan's Morningside Heights neighborhood, will shut down Thursday, and will reopen next Tuesday. City health officials say more than 30 students are experiencing flu-like symptoms there. Also on Thursday, eight previously closed schools will reopen, ...

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Nuyoricans Say Sotomayor A Voice for Community

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Nuyoricans are brimming with pride at the nomination of New York federal court judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Sotomayor is the daughter of Puerto Rican parents, and she grew up in the Bronxdale Houses in the South Bronx. Cesar Perales, president of the Latino Justice Puerto Rican Legal ...

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DA's Say Mayor's Budget Too Tight

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

City district attorneys say the mayor's budget plan strips them of funds they need to prosecute crimes. At a hearing today, DAs told the city council their caseloads are getting heavier while their budgets shrink. Queens DA Richard Brown says he can't afford to pay competitive salaries, and often loses ...

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Atlantic Yards Foes Lose in Appellate Court

Friday, May 15, 2009

Opponents to the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn have lost another round. The state appellate court, second division, ruled 4-0 against nine businesses, homeowners and tenants. They argued against the state's use of eminent domain to take private property for a private developer. But the court said the public benefits ...

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Congressman Israel Won't Challenge Senator Gillibrand

Friday, May 15, 2009

Long Island Congressman Steve Israel says he won't challenge Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in a Democratic primary. In a statement, he says he's been asked by President Obama not to challenge the new senator. He called it a "tough, heartfelt decision." A source close to the congressman says he was days ...

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Red Cross to Cut 23 Percent of Paid Workforce

Friday, May 15, 2009

The American Red Cross in New York says it's cutting 23 percent of its paid workforce to compensate for a drop in donations. Terry Bischoff, the CEO of the New York chapter, says the layoffs will mean relying more on volunteers. She says preparations for major catastrophic disasters will have ...

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Local Chrysler Dealers to Be Closed

Friday, May 15, 2009

Local Chrysler car dealers are expressing frustration that the bankrupt company is shutting some of them down. Of the 789 dealerships that will be closed nationwide, 27 of them are in the metro area. Mark Sheinberg is the president of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association. He tells WNYC's ...

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Bloomberg Campaign Spending Stimulates Rivals

Friday, May 15, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg is poised to shatter his previous campaign spending record. The latest campaign finance reports show the mayor has spent close to $19 million. That's double what he spent at the same point in his last campaign. The mayor's early bid for a third term is prompting his major ...

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Obama Nominates U.S. Attorney for the Southern District

Friday, May 15, 2009

President Obama has nominated a new U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara. He's the current chief counsel to Senator Chuck Schumer. He also played an important role in the congressional investigation of the Bush administration's firing of eight U.S. attorneys. Bharara replaces Lev Dassin who's ...

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NY Yankees to Auction Off Old Stadium Memorabilia

Monday, May 11, 2009

The New York Yankees plan to auction off stadium seats and other memorabilia from the old stadium, and to do so, they'll pay $11.5 million to the city, which owns the site. Geoffrey Croft with New York City Park Advocates would prefer taxpayers benefit directly.

CROFT: I'd like to see that ...

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Sen. Gillibrand Proposes Cutting Child Support Tax

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

In the first bill she's authoring as a senator, Kirsten Gillibrand wants to eliminate a fee paid by parents who use state programs to collect child support. Senator Gillibrand says the federal government, not single parents, should pay for the service. The bill would affect 200,000 families in New York ...

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Library Staff Fear Mayor's Budget Mean Cuts

Friday, May 01, 2009

The people who run the city's libraries are concerned about the job and social service cuts in Mayor Bloomberg's latest budget plan. Paul LeClerc is president of the New York Public Library and says in the last twelve months the city's three library systems have seen over 40 million physical ...

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May is Bike Month

Friday, May 01, 2009

Too tired to take the subway, try pushing pedals on a two wheeler. This month is Bike Month and starting next week there will be 630 free bicycle rentals at Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport. Riders must reserve their bike online first, but will be able to drop ...

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Rockettes Kick Off Auditions

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

It may be spring, but it might as well be Christmas at Radio City. The Rockettes kicked off auditions today for the 2009 Christmas Spectacular. Dancers from across the country came to test their mettle for a coveted spot in the legendary dance troupe known for their leg kicks in ...

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White House Apologizes for Photo Shoot

Monday, April 27, 2009

The head of the White House Military Office has apologized for authorizing a photo shoot of Air Force One, and a fighter jet, near the Statue of Liberty and the World Trade Center site. Louis Caldera says, despite notification of local officials, the mission created, quote, "confusion and disruption." Mayor ...

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Women's Rights Advocates Call for Equal Pay

Friday, April 24, 2009

Women's rights advocates gathered today and passed out lilies in honor of the first piece of legislation President Obama signed, a restoration of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, making it easier for women to file discriminatory pay complaints. Local representatives including State Senator Diane Savino spoke about the need ...

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Unions Protest Governor's Proposed Layoffs

Thursday, April 23, 2009

State workers protested outside a Midtown fundraiser for Governor Paterson, saying his decision to lay off 9,000 workers is unfair, and unreasonable. Vernetta Chesimard, with the Public Employee Federation, says the governor should lay off his own staff, first:

CHESIMARD: He just wants to take it from the rank and file ...

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Disabled Tenants Sue City Over Elevators

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Disabled tenants say New York City's public housing agency is violating their rights by failing to properly maintain elevators. They announced a federal class-action lawsuit against the city. Phyllis Gonzalez lives on the 12th floor of the Chelsea Houses and relies on a wheelchair.

GONZALEZ: If anything happens to me that's ...

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