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Philanthropist's Son Free During Appeal

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

An appeals judge has ruled that the 85-year-old son of late philanthropist Brooke Astor can stay out of prison while he appeals his conviction on charges of looting his mother's nearly $200 million fortune.

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Spitzer Calls Out Gillibrand

Monday, January 11, 2010

Former Governor Eliot Spitzer is criticizing his successor's appointee to the U.S. Senate.

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Hold the Salt, Please?

Monday, January 11, 2010

New York City health officials are working on reducing the salt that New Yorkers ingest.

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Today in History: Samuel Morse Demonstrates the Telegraph and a New Code

Friday, January 08, 2010

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On January 6, 1838 Samuel Morse publicly demonstrated the telegraph for the first time. By the 1890s, Morse Code was used for most international communication. Users on one end of the telegraph send pulses of electrical currents, which are ...

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Students from India Win 'NYC Next Idea' Competition

Friday, January 08, 2010

Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday announced the winner of the 2009-2010 "NYC Next Idea" competition. It's a contest that invites entrepreneurs from around the globe to propose business ideas that will improve the city.

This year's winner was a team of students from the Indian Institute of ...

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Banjos in Brooklyn

Friday, January 08, 2010

(Photo by Getty Images)

(Photo by Getty Images)

A three-day banjo festival gets underway at Brooklyn's Jalopy Theater tonight.

WNYC's Janaya Williams has this preview:

The festival will showcase various styles of banjo ...

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Sanitation Dept. Promotes Treecycling with Post-Christmas 'MulchFest'

Friday, January 08, 2010

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

If you've had to step over discarded Christmas trees on a city sidewalk lately, you might be pleased to know they won't end up in a landfill. The Sanitation ...

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News Analysis: The Gay Marriage Vote in NJ

Thursday, January 07, 2010

A bill to legalize gay marriage was defeated in New Jersey's state Senate on Thursday. The vote, 14 for and 20 against, is a blow to gay marriage advocates, who were trying to get the measure passed before Gov.-elect Chris Christie, an opponent of gay marriage, takes office on January ...

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MTA Sorting Out Maze at Fulton Street Transit Center

Thursday, January 07, 2010

The MTA is beginning to straighten out the confusing maze of ramps at the Fulton and Nassau subway stations downtown. That means over the next two weekends some riders will have to exit and re-enter the complex to make the ...

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Bob Hennelly: Paterson's State of the State Nails Down His Campaign Platform while Democrats Mull Their Options

Thursday, January 07, 2010

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By Robert Hennelly
WNYC Political Reporter

Paterson grabbed the headlines but Cuomo commands the spot light. Standing in the midst of the crowd around Cuomo at the State House it was clear he really generates the kind of excitement you saw around a Kennedy in the days of old. His measured tones, verbal precision, and forceful physical presence inspire people. Many of those who swarmed him yesterday seemed to see him AS THE MAN to fill a void in state and even national leadership.

For Paterson's part he really pulled off a fast break that left his legislative colleagues in the dust when it comes to claiming the mantle of reform. They all grumbled bitterly yesterday that they had also had versions of the Reform Albany Act that were 'so close to gelling' but 'still in process'. (And there was the smarty pants Governor with his fancy booklet spelling out his utopian reform vision with the state seal on it..........)

Now Paterson, pushing term limits and every other reform ever imagined, can run as an anti-Albany reformer despite the historical fact he has been an Albany fixture for a generation.

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Paterson Calls for Change in State of the State Speech

Thursday, January 07, 2010

The governor says his reforms are necessary to create jobs and bridge looming budget deficits.

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School Closings: Have Your Say

Thursday, January 07, 2010

When a city high school graduates fewer than half of its students in four years, one could argue major changes are needed. That’s exactly what’s happening at Jamaica High. It’s one of 20 schools the city wants to phase out for low performance while opening smaller new schools in the ...

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Tavern on the Green to Auction Goods

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

The famed Tavern on the Green, which has filed for bankruptcy and shut its doors on New Year's Eve, is auctioning off its goods next week. Thousands of items will be available throughout the three-day auction including crystal chandeliers, paintings, and dinnerware.

Also today the restaurant delivered 2,000 pounds of ...

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Today in History: FDR Delivers His Four Freedoms Speech

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

by Norman Rockwell and published in the Saturday Evening Post

by Norman Rockwell and published in the Saturday Evening Post

On this day in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered an address known as the Four Freedoms Speech to Congress. The ...

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Remembering Percy Sutton

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Rev. Al Sharpton (L) and Rev. Jesse Jackson (R) shake hands while Rev. James Forbes looks on at Percy Sutton

Rev. Al Sharpton (L) and Jesse Jackson (R) shake hands while Rev. James Forbes ...

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Gov. Paterson's 'Winter of Reckoning' Speech

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Below is Gov. David Paterson's second State of the State speech delivered today in Albany:

Here is an analysis with WNYC's Bob Hennelly in Albany, and Amy Eddings:

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Gov. Paterson's State of the State Address

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

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Gov. David Paterson plans to introduce what aides say will be the most comprehensive ethics reform package in state history. Under the so called 'Albany Reform Act,' which Paterson will announce in his State of the State Address Wednesday, ...

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Vote Set in NJ on Gay Marriage

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Gay marriage advocates in New Jersey are preparing for a last-ditch attempt to pass a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.

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One Approval Down for Domino Sugar Project

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

The redevelopment of Domino Sugar's plant at 316 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is beginning its board approval process.

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Vance, Jr. Takes DA Seat

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

He's the first new D.A. the borough has had in 35 years.

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