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47th New York Film Festival

Monday, September 21, 2009

The 47th New York Film Festival kicks off this Friday in the renovated Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. The 26 films being screened are from a variety of filmmakers, both familiar and unknown. And this year, ticketing will be handled differently -- 50 rush ...

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Next up for Obama: David Letterman

Monday, September 21, 2009

The countdown has started for President Barack Obama's appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight. This is the seventh TV gig in 48 hours for the president as he tries to bring his message on health care to the nation's living rooms. Eager ...

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NYC Imam Held Without Bail on Terrorism Charge

Monday, September 21, 2009

A New York City imam accused of lying to officials investigating a terrorism plot has been ordered held without bail.

Ahmad Afzali, an imam at a mosque in Queens and a former NYPD informant, is accused of lying to authorities about tipping off terror suspect Najibullah ...

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Teachers Union: 30 Percent More Schools Overcrowded

Friday, September 18, 2009

Roughly 7200 New York City public school classrooms are overcrowded - an increase of more than 30 percent over last year, according to the teachers union. The United Federation of Teachers president Michael Mulgrew claims at least 175 kindergartens have more than the limit of ...

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Two Housing Developments to Get Surveillance Cameras

Friday, September 18, 2009

Two public housing developments are about to get surveillance cameras installed at 14 buildings. Tenants at the Tilden and Brownsville Houses in Brooklyn say crime in their developments is getting out of control. Karrie Scarborough lives at the Brownsville Houses and says in the last ...

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Paterson Endorses Thompson, Planned Parenthood Endorses Bloomberg

Friday, September 18, 2009

Governor Paterson is endorsing City Comptroller Bill Thompson in the New York mayor's race. He says Thompson has the guts and ability to lead the city in difficult times, but he also says he's motivated along party lines.

THOMPSON: It will be of major significance that ...

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ACORN Promises Reforms

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The advocacy group ACORN is promising serious reform in light of an outrageous video that shows a couple posing as a pimp and prostitute and workers advising them on how to account for their illegal profits. The advice includes, placing the money in a tin ...

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Council Signs Bill to Reduce School Bus Emissions

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The New York City Council has passed a bill to reduce emissions from school buses. The legislation mandates that starting next school year, 600 older buses be retired and more than 6,000 be retro-fitted with pollution control equipment to reduce students' exposure to fumes. Isabel ...

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10 Questions to Ponder During Jewish Holidays

Thursday, September 17, 2009

On the first day of Rosh Hashanah tomorrow, anyone who looks up at the billboards and marquees of Times Square will be able to participate in a bit of Jewish tradition. The Web service 10-Q, which stands for 10 questions, will project a question a ...

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ACORN: Organization Will Continue With or Without Federal Funds

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Acorn Chief Executive Bertha Lewis says the organization will continue providing help to those in need despite government officials considering freezing or eliminating the groups funds. Lewis says ACORN has gone with out public funding before and losing that money again would not cripple them.

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NY State Revenue Millions Off July Projections

Thursday, September 17, 2009

New York State's revenue projections are even worse than predicted from as recently as six weeks ago. Tax receipts are nearly a half billion dollars off projections made on July 31st, and $5 billion less than in the same period last year, according to State ...

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Conceptual Artists Gather in NYC Public Space for Conflux Festival

Thursday, September 17, 2009

This weekend, over a hundred conceptual artists will use the city's public space as their canvas -- creating projects that hope to inspire civic engagement and new perspectives on city life.

It's part of the three-day "Conflux festival." NYU professor David Darts is a co-chair of ...

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Firefighters Union Endorses Thompson for Mayor

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The City's Uniformed Firefighters Union is endorsing Bill Thompson for Mayor. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: On his first day of being the Democratic mayoral candidate, Comptroller Bill Thompson accomplished something that eluded Fernando Ferrer, the 2005 Democratic standard bearer. Thompson got the 20,000-member Firefighters ...

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$15 Million for Transformation of Brooklyn Navy Yard

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

New York State Senate has allocated $15 million to transform part of the Brooklyn Navy Yard into an eco-friendly manufacturing center.

Daniel Squadron, senator of the 25th District that encompasses the industrial park, said the project is a model plan.

SQUADRON: It is everything we should be ...

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Number of Homeless Families Multiplies

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

In 2004, Mayor Bloomberg made the bold pledge to dramatically reduce homelessness in five years. It was well received by a crowd of business, non-profit and public sector leaders who gathered to hear him speak:

BLOOMBERG: Specifically, between now and 2009 we must cut the size ...

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Analysis of NYC Primary Election Results

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Bob Hennelly speaks to Soterios Johnson on the results of New York City's 2009 primary elections.

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Incumbent Councilmembers Defeated in Primary

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

It usually takes a lot to unseat a Democratic incumbent on the City Council, but last night several longtimers lost in the primary. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Despite one of the smallest turnouts in recent history, voters did manage to shake up the council ...

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Comptroller Bill Thompson to Face Bloomberg

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

City Comptroller William Thompson cruised to victory in the Democratic mayoral primary, defeating Tony Avella, a city councilman from Queens. Thompson will now face incumbent Mayor Michael Bloomberg in November. WNYC's Lisa Chow reports.

REPORTER: Thompson's supporters say Mayor Bloomberg is disconnected from the issues of ...

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Lehman's Last Hours Remembered: "It Was Surreal"

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

HOST: When Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy exactly one year ago, most of the company's 25,000 employees lost their jobs.

29-year-old Lauren Carson worked at Lehman's headquarters on 49th Street and 7th Avenue for six years.

CARSON: I started there as a mortgage analyst and near the ...

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Primary Election Day

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Today is primary day for eligible Republicans and Democrats. While voter turnout is expected to be light, civil rights advocates say voters who do go to the polls shouldn't be discouraged by snafus at their polling sites. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: The most common ...

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