Good morning. Here are the latest headlines from the WNYC newsroom.
The United Federation of Teachers is now endorsing Bill de Blasio for mayor. In the primary, the union spent more than a million dollars supporting Bill Thompson. The UFT boasts approximately 200,000 members.
Almost 11 months after Sandy, the corrosive effects of saltwater remain a very real danger. And that's had an effect on all kinds of local infrastructure, from boardwalks in seaside towns in New Jersey to subway lines in Manhattan.
Donovan Drayton is soon to be a free man. A judge Wednesday sentenced him to five years in prison—about the same amount of time he spent on Rikers Island as a pretrial detainee. That’s effectively a sentence of time served. Drayton also got five years of supervised release.
Census Bureau data suggest a widening inequality even as the economy improves, leading to what one analyst calls a "selective recovery." The new data show that lower-income households are a steadily increasing share of the population, while middle- to higher-income groups shrank or were flat. In New York City, the poverty rate ticked up to 21.2% in 2012 from 20.9% the previous year. That means more than 1.7 million New Yorkers fall below the poverty line.
Sunny and pleasant today with a high of 77. Tonight will be clear and cool with a low near 58.
Also heard on WNYC this morning:
Nearly 50,000 defendants each year are put behind bars after their first court hearing pending trial. Most spend days or weeks in jail. Some, however, can spend months or more than a year on Rikers Island all because they can’t afford to make bail. And that costs taxpayers a lot of money.