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Former Brooklyn Museum Manager Admits $620K Theft

Thursday, December 24, 2009

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The former payroll manager at the Brooklyn Museum admitted yesterday in Brooklyn Federal Court that he stole more than $620,000 from the museum. Dwight Newton, 40, says he did it by writing checks to nonexistent employees.

Prosecutors say Newton, a college dropout, ...

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NYU Administrator Indicted for Submitting $409K in Fake Expenses

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Prosecutors say a former New York University staffer passed off thousands of receipts mined from a liquor store's trash as spending on lab supplies and college events, finagling $409,000 in bogus reimbursements.

John Runowicz was released without bail after pleading not guilty today to charges including grand larceny.

Manhattan prosecutors ...

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New Restaurant Rises--Literally--at Freedom Tower

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The first restaurant in the Freedom Tower at Ground Zero opened today -- even though the tower's only just started rising.

A Subway sandwich shop for construction workers went up today. It's attached to a lift on a hydraulic jack that will move it higher and higher as each floor ...

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Groups Bash Corzine's Budget Cuts

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A coalition of 40 New Jersey labor, education, and health-care groups is blasting Gov. Jon Corzine's plan to cut nearly $1 billion to close a budget gap.

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Paterson Defends Witholding School Aid

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Gov. David Paterson is standing by his decision to withhold state funding from New York's public schools in order to keep the state solvent.

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A New Home on Broadway for Signature

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Signature Theatre Company, which had once planned to move to Ground Zero, is getting a new home in the theater district.

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Health Bill Hurts NY Say Mayor, Governor

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. David Paterson say the Senate version of the health-care bill shortchanges the city and state on Medicaid funds.

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Giuliani Backs Lazio for Governor

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Discussion of Giuliani's political plans eclipse endorsement of the former LI Congressman.

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DiNapoli Targets Medicaid Waste

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says auditors in his office found the state has lost $92 million in Medicaid billing errors and waste.

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"O Stock Exchange" and Other Christmas Carol Protest Songs

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

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(Dario Cantatore/Getty Images)

'O Stock Exchange, O Stock Exchange, how greedy are your brokers?' That was just one of several protest Christmas Carols that a group of low income New Yorkers sang on Wall Street today. The group wants ...

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Unable to Correct the System Failure? NY Court Tosses 'Star Trek' Lawsuit

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

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A New York court says a 'Star Trek' fan does not deserves millions of dollars in damages for buying memorabilia he says proved fake. The court ruled that Ted Moustakis of Towaco, N.J. wasn't promised a one-of-a-kind piece when he ...

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Christmas Shopping: Going Small

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

(photo by Betty Tsang)

(photo by Betty Tsang)

As the week edges closer to Christmas and the end of the year, New Yorkers are rushing around with packages, dodging large puddles of melted snow and, in Union Square, the holiday market looks busy as ...

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Signature Theater Moving to New Gehry-Designed Home

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Signature Theater Company is getting a new home in the theater district. Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city would contribute $25 million toward the construction of a new building on 42nd Street.

Despite the sluggish economy, he says attendance at cultural attractions has grown 8 percent since last year.

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Main Street NYC: Lessons from the Downturn

Saturday, December 19, 2009

There are more than 220,000 small businesses just in New York City-- that’s 20,000 more than five years ago. These are businesses that employ fewer than 50 people each, but overall they provide almost 40 percent of private sector jobs. Some economists say it is these small-time entrepreneurs who drive ...

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Going Double Dutch in the City

Friday, December 18, 2009

The Stan’s Pepper Steppers performing at Thurgood Marshall Academy (photo by Karen Clements)

The Stan’s Pepper Steppers performing at Thurgood Marshall Academy (photo by Karen Clements)

Reporting by Karen Clements

Some of the world's best double dutchers skipped over to Thurgood Marshall Academy gymnasium today ...

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Education Groups Sue Paterson Over Cuts

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Education groups have filed a lawsuit against Gov. David Paterson, hoping to stop his move to withhold payments to schools this month.

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MTA Approves Service Cuts

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The authority's board approved drastic service cuts to subway and bus systems Wednesday.

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Main Street NYC

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

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Over the past year, WNYC reporters have made repeated visits to six area neighborhoods: the Bowery in Manhattan, 161st St. in the Bronx, Smith St. in Brooklyn, Main St. in ...

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New Voting Machines Ready for You to Test

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

If you'd like to try out a couple of the new voting machines New York City is considering to replace the old lever voting machines, the Board of Elections is holding a series of public demonstrations starting tonight in Brooklyn.

Both models on display are of the optical scan variety, ...

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MTA To Vote on Cuts Today

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The MTA says it needs to close a major gap in next year's budget.

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