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Phone Records and Online Data Collection; NJ Senate Appointee; NYC Parks

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Friday, June 07, 2013

We follow the news from Washington DC on reports that the government has been collecting online data and the National Security Agency has been collecting Verizon call information. Plus: the news from New Jersey on Governor Christie’s pick for the empty US Senate seat; New York City Parks Commissioner Veronica White on the state of the city’s parks; Todd Abramson of Maxwell’s on the closing of the legendary music venue in Hoboken; and new jobs numbers and what it means for our area.

New New Jersey Senator

Mike Kelly, columnist at The Record of New Jersey, talks about the appointment of  N.J. Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa to serve as U.S. Senator until October's special election to fill Sen. Lautenberg's seat.

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Phone Records and Online Data Collection by Feds

Eric Lichtblau, The New York Times reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on National Security Agency wiretapping during the Bush administration talks about the NSA's current collection of Verizon phone records and online data.  

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Goodbye Maxwell's: Remembering NJ's Famous Music Hall

Todd Abramson, booker and co-owner of Maxwell's, discusses the decision to close the legendary venue and how Hoboken has changed since it opened in 1978.

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New York City Parks Commissioner

The water may be gone, but Sandy's influence continues. Veronica WhiteNew York City Parks Commissioner, discusses the state of New York City parks post-Sandy.

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Air Travel Reality

Mark Gerchickformer chief counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration and Transportation Department and the author of Full Upright and Locked Position: Not So Comfortable Truths About Air Travel Today (W. W. Norton & Company, 2013), shares his insights into the airline industry, including why service is getting better for the few and worse for the rest.

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Jobs Report - Official and Anecdotal

The U.S. added 175,000 jobs in May according to the Labor Department.  Greg David, director of the Business & Economics Reporting Program at CUNY Journalism School and contributor to Crain's New York Business and author of Modern New York: The Life and Economics of a City, discusses the new jobs numbers and we take your calls:  Have you got a new job – or lost a job this month or this year?  Give us a call at 212-433-9692.

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