The Brooklyn Bridge may not be for sale, but it's one of the East River crossings that has inspired haggling worthy of a Persian marketplace. And the latest back-and-forth between the Metropolitan Transit Authority and New York State legislature has taken us one step closer to tolls on all East River crossings that are currently free.
First, the transit authority said that a $5 per vehicle toll was the minimum it would have to charge to raise revenue and close its budget gap. Then political leaders like Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Mayor Bloomberg floated the idea of $2 tolls. And like a novice bargainer, the MTA agreed too soon.
Senate Leader Smith got suspicious.
This morning, he said the authority needed to agree to a full audit. 'You know they kept two books at a time,' he said.
Brian Lehrer ask's Planet Money’s Alex Blumberg and Adam Davidson "why not just let the banks fail?"
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'A lot of suburbs have almost everybody riding buses to and from schools or parents in cars, we have a lot of people walking to schools,' says Klein. 'So, in general, where it's sensible and prudent we try to keep them open.'
Klein also acknowledged many city students come from families where both parents are working, so he prefers to keep schools open whenever possible.
New Jersey governor Jon Corzine says he'll "absolutely" sign a medical marijuana bill for chronically and terminally ill patients if it gets to his desk.
Corzine told WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show that the law could be structured so patients are comfortable and there are safeguards against abuses.
The Senate approved the bill ...
Today is the birthday of W. E. B. Du Bois who was born February 23, 1868 and died August 27, 1963. Du Bois was an activist, author, intellectual and co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He wrote many books, including The Souls of Black Folk (1903).
Below is an excerpt of a lecture, 'Socialism and the American Negro' delivered by Du Bois, to an audience in Great Hall, Madison Wisconsin Memorial Union, in 1960.
$2.5 billion - That's how much education aid Sen. Chuck Schumer says the city will receive from the stimulus.
3 -That's how many Trump casinos will continue to operate in Atlantic City, as bankruptcy proceedings begin for Trump ...
9,200 - That's how many bedbug complaints were filed through the city's 3-1-1 hotline last year. That's a 34 percent jump over the year before.
24.6 billion - How many dollars New York State stands to get in ...
New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik talks to WNYC's Leonard Lopate about his new double biography Angels and Ages, which looks at the lives and legacies of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. Both men were born 200 years ago.
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WNYC's Bob Hennelly and Andrea Bernstein discuss Mayor Michael Bloomberg's re-election bid with Brian Lehrer.
Brian Lehrer speaks with Peter Schiff, the broker from Connecticut who predicted the economic crash. Schiff explains why he thinks the economic recovery plan is a big mistake.