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NJ Pushes Conductor Texting Ban

Monday, January 26, 2009

A New Jersey Bill seeks to ban train conductors and bus drivers from text messaging or sending e-mails while their vehicles are moving. The bill is in response to the fatal Los Angeles train commuter crash that occurred last fall.

Only emergency electronic communication would be allowed under the bill, which ...

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Conn. Budget Gets A Lift From Traffic Tickets

Monday, January 26, 2009

Connecticut officials can thank some lawbreakers for helping with the state's budget deficit, which continues was hit hard by declines in income and sales tax revenue.

State police say they issued nearly 78,000 speeding tickets last year, a 16 percent year-over-year increase. The rise in tickets has put an additional $327,000 ...

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MTA Hearing Tonight in Staten Island

Monday, January 26, 2009

The latest round of MTA public hearings moves to Staten Island tonight. Transit officials are holding the hearings across New York City to get the public's input on the agency's plans to increase fares and cut some subway and bus service.

Tonight's hearing is being held at the College of Staten ...

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Conn. Lawmakers Push To Ease Marijuana Laws

Monday, January 26, 2009

Two Connecticut lawmakers say the state is spending too much money prosecuting people caught with small amounts of marijuana, and they're calling for fines instead of arrests.

State Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney and Senator Toni Harp -- both Democrats from New Haven -- hope the state's growing budget deficit will ...

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Federal Stimulus Package Boosts City Budget

Monday, January 26, 2009

In a local update on the federal stimulus package, $3.4 billion in aid is expected for New York City.

Mayor Bloomberg joined Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Charles Rangel, who heads the House Ways and Means Committee, last night at City Hall.

The Mayor was cautiously optimistic.

BLOOMBERG: It's not going to solve ...

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Pfizer and Wyeth Reach Buy-Out Deal

Monday, January 26, 2009

Drugmakers Pfizer and Wyeth reached a $68 billion buy-out deal today.

Pfizer will acquire Wyeth, paying about 50 dollars a share, according to early reports in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

The deal will help Pfizer cushion itself against a steep revenue decline expected over the next several years ...

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Certificates of Appreciation Go to Rescuers

Friday, January 16, 2009

At City Hall, Mayor Bloomberg presented certificates of appreciation to those who came to the aid of the 155 people on board the plane that made an emergency landing on the Hudson River. Among them: NYPD diver Detective Robert Rodriguez, who helped rescue a woman who was in the frigid ...

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Both Engines Missing from Plane in Hudson Crash

Friday, January 16, 2009

Both engines are missing from US Airways Flight 1549, which made an emergency landing in the Hudson River yesterday. Kitty Higgins is with the National Transportation Safety Board.

HIGGINS: We could see that the left engine was not attached as the plane was pulled into its current location. The divers were ...

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Aviation Expert Praises Pilot of Crashed Flight

Friday, January 16, 2009

Among those praising the actions of US Airways pilot Chesney Sullenberger is aviation expert, William Voss. He is a licensed pilot and President of the Flight Safety Foundation, a research and advocacy group.

He says Sullenberger likely had seconds to decide to land the plane in the water instead of a ...

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More Bonds to go to Yankees’ Stadium

Friday, January 16, 2009

City officials overwhelmingly voted to approve an additional $370 million in tax-exempt bonds today for the Yankees' new baseball stadium. The bonds will pay for extra features, such as a better sound system and an enclosed press box. It will also pay fees to accelerate the pace of construction. Yankees ...

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Crash Pilot Receives Key to the City

Friday, January 16, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg is among those calling Captain Chesley Sullenberger a hero, for safely landing a US Airways passenger jet in the Hudson River yesterday. At a ceremony at the Blue Room in City Hall, Bloomberg held up a Key to the City.

BLOOMBERG: And I’m going to hold onto it until ...

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Officials: Birds to Blame for Plane Crash

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The FAA says that all passengers on US Airways Flight 1549 are off the plane and safe after it crashed into the Hudson River this afternoon shortly after taking off from Laguardia airport. The crash landing of the Airbus 320 sent 150 passengers on board scrambling onto rescue boats. Authorities ...

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Sci-Fi Mash-up Hits NYC

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Craig Baldwin is a San Francisco based teacher and filmmaker who's been making avant-garde films, using found-footage montages, for over 30 years. His new film, MOCK UP ON MU, is screening now at Anthology Film Archives. It tells the story what happened with Lockheed Martin, L. Ron Hubbard and the ...

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Proposed Catholic School Closings

Monday, January 12, 2009

At least 11 parochial elementary schools are slated for closure, under a new plan by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn to deal with declining enrollments. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio said in a statement that its schools are operating at only 85 percent of capacity. The plan includes a five-year re-organization ...

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Wedding Bells Ring In NYC Marriage Bureau

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg unveiled a new marriage bureau today in City Hall, one that he hopes will bring more tourism to the city. The gleaming, 24,000 square-ft. space officially opens on Monday, and includes a sound system that allows couples to play their wedding processional music from their iPods.

Before a pack ...

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NY National Guard Soldiers Return Home

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Nearly 150 New York National Guard soldiers returned to the city today after serving in Afghanistan for 10 months. They're part of the 27th Brigade Combat Team of the Guard, and their mission was to train the Afghan National Army and police.

Twenty-Four year old Sergeant Timothy Turain is excited to ...

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N.J. Gov. Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Governor Jon Corzine made a surprise visit to Iraq today to thank the more than 3,000 New Jersey National Guard troops stationed there. He spoke with soldiers at Camp Bucca, a prison camp operated by the US military.

CORZINE: I think a lot of folks are concerned about what people are ...

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Bloomberg Defends Israel

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg says he supports Israel in its response to Hamas and that if the U.S., or New York City, were faced with similar deadly attacks, it would react the same way. He dismisses the criticism that Israel's use of force is disproportionate.

BLOOMBERG: If you're attacked in this city, my ...

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Winter Weather Causes Holiday Delays

Friday, December 19, 2008

Travelers trying to get a head start on their holiday vacations are running into delays, as a snow storm from the Midwest sweeps through the area. At least 500 flights have been cancelled at area airports -- 380 at Newark Liberty alone -- and arriving flights are delayed by as ...

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Caroline Kennedy in Harlem, Gets Sharpton’s Blessing for Senate Push

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Caroline Kennedy defended her decision to put herself in the running for the US Senate seat Hillary Clinton is likely to vacate.

KENNEDY: "I come at this as a mother, as a lawyer, as an author, as an education advocate and from a family that really has spent generations in public ...

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