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Indian Point's Final Battleground? Water

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

This may all come down to the mighty Hudson and the right of the state to set water quality standards in the face of a powerful multi-billion dollar industry.

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Bloomberg Backs Indian Point Nuclear Plant

Friday, March 18, 2011

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For decades people have been trying to close Indian Point.

It became the focal point of the national tug-of-war over continued reliance on the "peace time atom." It is about to become that again.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Finding Chinks in The New York Times Paywall

Friday, March 18, 2011

Brett Pulley, reporter for Bloomberg,  comments on The New York Times paywall which was announced this week. Joining him will be Catharine Taylor, columnist for Mediapost.com.  

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When CEOs Become Politicians

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

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A huge airplane with TRUMP splattered on the side landed in Des Moines Monday. The Donald was not on board. No doubt too busy yelling "You're Fired!" at some of his peeps. His right-hand-man was onboard, having arrived in Iowa to work the state for Trump and suck the oxygen out of a church-sponsored event for a bunch of actual Republican presidential wannabes.

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Bloomberg, Cuomo Mull 'Short-Term' Strategy for Teachers

Friday, March 04, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he and Governor Andrew Cuomo should be able to "work something out" to change the state's law regarding teacher layoffs, but what would that solution look like?

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Cuomo: I Want to Help Bloomberg With Last In, First Out

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state's last in, first out law is "not the best way to do layoffs" when it comes to the city's education system and he wants to help Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a fierce opponent of the law. But the governor isn't in any rush.

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Bloomberg Calls on Cuomo to Do More to End Last In, First Out

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he supports Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to expedite a new teacher evaluation system but it won't factor into layoffs since it wouldn't take effect before September. "It simply kicks the can down the road," Bloomberg said.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bloomberg and Labor

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

WNYC political analyst Joyce Purnick, longtime New York Times political writer and author of Mike Bloomberg: Money, Power, Politics, talks about Mayor Bloomberg's approach to labor relations.

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Bloomberg Signs Smoking Ban for Parks, Beaches

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed an extended smoking ban into law Tuesday, outlawing smoking in the city's parks, beaches and public plazas.

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WNYC News

Staffing Cuts Hindered FDNY Response, Claims Union

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A fire that raged through a Brooklyn building Saturday and claimed the life of a 64-year-old woman has fueled the union's claims that staffing cuts put the public at risk -- even though the FDNY said manpower wasn't a factor in the fatal blaze.

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Bloomberg's Budget and Beyond

Friday, February 18, 2011

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[W]orking parents, who have a job and need that subsidized daycare in order to be able to go to work, they might as well hand in their pink slips now.

WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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In Preliminary Budget Proposals, Mayor Bloomberg Recommends Cuts to the Arts

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The mayor's recommendations come on the heels of President Obama's proposed cuts to the nation's leading arts endowments on Monday.

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Mayor Apologizes for 'Inebriated' Irish Joke

Friday, February 11, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg apologized Thursday for making a crack about public drunkenness during an event hosted by an Irish-American organization this week.

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Mayor Was Key Grand Jury Witness in Case of Indicted Aide, Prosecutors Reveal

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Mayor Bloomberg was a key witness before a grand jury that indicted one of his political consultants for stealing more than a million dollars from him, according to prosecutors in state Supreme Court in Manhattan on Tuesday.

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NYC Failed to Collect $3.3 Million in Taxes, Says City Comptroller

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

The city says it needs more money from Albany even though it's overlooking millions of dollars at home, according to an audit by the city's comptroller.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bloomberg in Albany

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Mayor Bloomberg testified in Albany on Monday about the effects on New York City of Governor Cuomo's budget proposals and the changes he wants to make to pensions. Azi Paybarah, WNYC political reporter and author of The Empire blog discusses the Mayor's comments.

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Bloomberg Takes Aim at Special Ed Costs

Monday, February 07, 2011

Mayor Bloomberg called on state legislators Monday to make it harder for special education students to attend private schools at taxpayer expense.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg Pleads With Lawmakers on Cuomo Budget Cuts

Monday, February 07, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg detailed a doomsday scenario for the city during a visit to Albany Monday in an attempt to get officials to restore funding that was slashed by Governor Andrew Cuomo when he unveiled his lean state budget last week.

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Bloomberg Says 'New Yorker' Cover Mocking Him Is 'Cute'

Friday, February 04, 2011

Mayor Bloomberg said the New Yorker cover this week featuring a caricature of himself gazing lovigly at his reflection in a heart-shaped mirror is "cute."

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Bloomberg Says Pension Cuts Aren't Personal

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Mayor Bloomberg defused claims by the Sanitation Union chief that his demands are "an attack on the middle class" that would "destroy" city employees: "We will, in the end, come to an agreement," the mayor said.

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