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Christine Quinn; Rep. Hakeem Jeffries on Syria; Syria and Iran; Coast Check-in Post Summer

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Friday, September 06, 2013

The New York City primary election is Tuesday. NYC City Council Speaker Christine Quinn talks about her campaign for mayor and takes your calls. Plus: Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries discusses his position on intervention in Syria; the relationship between Iran and Syria; a check-in with coastal communities after the first post-Sandy summer season; and American Sign Language interpreter Lydia Callis discusses her work for the Mayor's office during Sandy.

Meet the Candidates: Call Christine Quinn

Our final round of mayoral primary candidate interviews concludes with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. She discusses her strategy over the next four days, her policy proposals, and takes your calls. If you have a questions for Christine Quinn, call 212-433-9692 or post here.

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G20 Tries To Crack Down on Tax Cheats

David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at Syracuse University, and author of the new book  The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" and Other Tricks to Rob You Blind discusses the G20's attempt to curb tax avoidance and evasion around the world.

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Representative Jeffries on the Syria Debate

Hakeem Jeffries, U.S. Representative (D-NY8) from Brooklyn, discusses the debate in the House over whether to intervene militarily in Syria and his concerns on its impact on his constituents. See where your representative stands on Syria using the widget below.

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Iran and Syria

What's the ripple effect of US action in Syria? Kenneth Pollack is Director of Research at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, and the author of the new book Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb and American Strategy. After arguing in favor of the Iraq invasion, he now urges caution in the case of military action in Syria to avoid disrupting negotiations with Iran.

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After Summer: Sandy Check-In

We check in on several shore towns to see how the first summer after Sandy fared for business and tourism. WNYC reporter Janet Babin talks about how some towns along the Jersey Shore experienced a 40% drop-off in tourism business and decodes what this means about recovery from the storm’s damage. We'll also hear firsthand from business owners Terence Tubridy, co-owner of Bungalow Bar and Restaurant in Rockaway Beach, and Laura Mercogliano, owner and general manager of The Palms Hotel Fire Island as well as other Fire Island businesses in Ocean Beach.

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Lydia Callis on a Deaf-Friendly New York

Lydia Callis was an American Sign Language interpreter for the mayor during press conferences about Sandy last year. Now, she's trying to raise awareness about what it's like to be hard of hearing in New York City and what would make it easier. She discusses her background, her activism, and her work.

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