NYS Ethics Reform; Bette Midler; NJ Overdose Crisis

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

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The new New York State budget deal contains some ethics reforms that will likely mean the end of the governor’s anti-corruption commission. Susan Lerner of Common Cause New York explains which ethics reforms made it into the deal, and what was left out. Plus: Bette Midler looks back on her 1980 world tour, and talks about her work on behalf of neglected city parks; and a new report details a growing drug addiction and overdose crisis among young people in New Jersey. 

The New Budget: Whither Ethics Reform?

Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York, discusses the ethics reform changes that were included in the New York State budget deal, and the ones that fell away during negotiations.

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What Else Is In The Budget?

Mayor de Blasio is taking a victory lap for securing universal pre-k funding, but some progressives are calling this Cuomo's "Wall Street" budget. Here's a breakdown of the fine print from Albany.

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The Extreme, Over-the-Top Joy of Bette Midler

The Divine Miss M was a uniting force early in the gay rights movement, and she continues to impact the city through more than just music.

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NJ Overdose Crisis

Fatal drug overdoses in New Jersey have risen to more than one per day. Patty DiRenzo, a parent and advocate, and Frank Greenagel, addiction and recovery treatment counselor, chair of the task force established by the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, and professor at Rutgers University, discuss a new report that addresses the heroin and prescription drug use crisis in the state, including its recommendations for addiction treatment and policy changes.

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A New Citi Bike Savior: Donald Trump?

The WNYC transportation team has seen early copies of a report on how the financially troubled Citi Bike program could be rescued by Donald Trump. How would New Yorkers feel about Trump Wheels?

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