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Madoff Investors React to Plea

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Bernard Madoff was led away from a federal courtroom in Lower Manhattan in handcuffs, after he pleaded guilty to all 11 counts of fraud in a massive Ponzi scheme that wiped out many people's investments. More than 100 spectators crammed into the courtroom.

Madoff did not ...

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FTA Extends Deadline for Transit Stimulus

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The definition of "shovel-ready" is shifting. The federal government is giving transit agencies, including the MTA, more than a year to spend its federal stimulus money. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more. REPORTER: House Democrats had wanted to give transit agencies just three months to commit ...

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Crane Collapse Blamed on Workers

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A report commissioned by the city's Buildings Department blames the crane collapse that killed seven people last March on workers, who didn't use the right equipment or procedures to raise the crane. Commissioner Robert LiMandri says his inspectors would not have caught the mistakes because, ...

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Paterson Says MTA's March 25th Deadline Firm

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Governor Paterson is continuing to push for quick passage of the MTA's rescue plan to avert significant service cuts and a dramatic fare increase. He insisted that the March 25th deadline set by the authority for the legislature's approval was a real one.

PATERSON: I think ...

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Snow or Shine, Stella D'oro Workers Keep Striking

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Stella D'oro has been baking cookies, breadsticks and biscotti in the Bronx since the 1930s, but these days much of the action is outside its factory. That's where 136 workers have been staging a continuous strike since August. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: The Stella ...

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Paterson Tables Unpopular Taxes

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

New Yorkers who download music from the internet, get haircuts, and belong to a gym have dodged potential taxes on those activities. Governor Paterson reached an agreement with state lawmakers to pull the unpopular taxes from his budget proposal, and use federal stimulus money to ...

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Demand Growing at NYC Food Pantry

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

As unemployment grows, more New Yorkers are having a hard time putting food on the table. The increased need is straining the city's nearly one thousand food pantries. Eileen Markey spent an evening waiting on line at one of them, and has this story for ...

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Ruben Diaz Jr. Tosses Hat in the Ring for Bronx Pres.

Monday, March 09, 2009

It was a who's who of Bronx elected officials - along with a smattering of Manhattan pols - who showed up to give their support to Assemblyman Ruben Diaz Junior as he announces his official candidacy for the Bronx borough president's race. Among the prominent faces were Congressmen Jose Serrano and Eliot Engel, former Bronx Borough president Freddy Ferrer and City Comptroller Bill Thompson.

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Diaz portrayed himself as a unifier who wants bring together the borough's party that has been strife with factional infighting. Diaz has emerged as a top contender for the seat after a main rival, City Councilman Joel Rivera, said he would not enter into the race. That prevented a battle between two of the most visible Bronx families - the Riveras and the Diazes.

Attending the announcement was Kenny Agosto, an 80th Assembly District leader with the Liberty Democratic Association, says he was once a Rivera supporter but was impressed by Diazes' agenda to build coalitions. Here's what he had to say:

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Deciding Who Pays to Rescue the MTA

Monday, March 09, 2009

Congressman Anthony Weiner, who is running for Mayor, favors a $4.15 toll on East River bridges, but only for some drivers. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more. REPORTER: The tolls wouldn't apply to New York City residents. That makes the plan more palatable to three Democrats ...

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Paterson Wants Stimulus for NY Rail

Monday, March 09, 2009

Governor Paterson released New York's plan to get federal stimulus money for high speed rail service. If the state got the money, the governor is proposing spending it to improve passenger rail service, from Niagara Falls to New York City. State officials say they've identified ...

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Assemblyman Turned Candidate for Bronx Borough President

Monday, March 09, 2009

New York Assemblyman Ruben Diaz Junior is casting himself as a coalition builder, as he officially announces a run for the Bronx borough president's seat. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports. REPORTER: Diaz appeared to be taking a page out of President Obama's handbook by pledging to ...

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NJ Senator Warns Against "Retention Awards"

Monday, March 09, 2009

A member of the Senate's powerful Banking Committee says he's concerned that banks that got bailout money may be bending the rules to give big bonuses that are illegal under a new law. New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez says some banks are offering "retention awards" ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Grand Concourse at 100

Friday, March 06, 2009

Holly Block, executive director of the Bronx Museum of the Arts, talks about their new exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Grand Concourse. Did you grow up around Grand Concourse? Do you live there now? Share your memories below!

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Foreclosed Homes Magnet for Crime

Friday, March 06, 2009

Foreclosed homes aren't just an eyesore and a drag on property values. A new report suggests they're also a magnet for illegal activity. Community activist group ACORN says Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods with high foreclosure rates saw crime increase last year. Mary Fortune has lived ...

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Bloomberg Troubled by Charitable Tax Deduction Reduction

Friday, March 06, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg is troubled by President Obama's budget proposal, which would reduce tax deductions for charity donations.

Bloomberg personally gave $205 million to over a thousand different charitable organizations last year. He says with endowments down and charitable giving low, this is a bad time for ...

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Paterson Peeves Environmental Groups

Friday, March 06, 2009

Governor David Paterson's decision to reconsider a rule that would help reduce power plant emissions has infuriated good government and environmental groups. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports. After privately meeting with energy industry representatives, Governor Paterson has agreed to take a look at a rule that ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Sustainable South Bronx

Thursday, March 05, 2009

President Obama's economic stimulus package has billions of dollars to promote green collar jobs. But, the group Sustainable South Bronx has been providing green collar job training for low income New York City residents for over five years. We’ll speak to the group’s Executive Director ...

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Community Board Approves $9 Billion Hudson Rail Tunnel

Thursday, March 05, 2009

The largest "Shovel Ready" project in the nation is here in Manhattan, and it cleared a small hurdle last night. Community Board Four, which covers West Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen, gave its approval to the Port Authority's plan to build a $9 billion passenger rail ...

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City Council Says Paterson Shortchanging NYC Medicaid

Thursday, March 05, 2009

City Council members are decrying the way Governor Paterson allocated federal stimulus Medicaid money, saying the city deserves more than the $1.9 billion it's getting. Council members held a hearing on the stimulus money, hearing testimony from Bloomberg administration officials. They say they calculate that ...

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The Armory Show Kicks Off - in All 5 Boroughs

Thursday, March 05, 2009

The city's biggest contemporary art fair, The Armory Show, kicks off today, with a twist. This year the show is hosting public events in all five boroughs, and artists outside of the mainstream art market are getting into the act.

Chris Vilardi works with artists in ...

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