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MTA in Albany Urging Rescue Plan

Thursday, March 05, 2009

By the end of this month, commuters and straphangers should know how much more it will cost to get in and out of New York City. MTA officials are back in Albany this morning where they are trying to hash out an agreement on a ...

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Paterson to Take 10 Percent Pay Cut

Thursday, March 05, 2009

With New York facing a $14 billion budget deficit, Governor Paterson says he'll take a ten percent pay cut. The governor, in Buffalo to meet with economic development and business officials, told reporters he would "symbolically make the gesture for the state," but he doesn't ...

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125,000 in NYC Lose Jobs in Last Six Months

Thursday, March 05, 2009

More than 125,000 New Yorkers lost their jobs in the last half year. That's according to the latest state labor department figures. The unemployment rate saw the largest two-month increase in two decades. Almost 4000 job-seekers were feeling those numbers today, at a job fair ...

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City State Brawl Over Medicaid Stimulus

Thursday, March 05, 2009

The distribution of Medicaid economic stimulus money in New York has spawned a full-on city-state brawl. It was started by Mayor Bloomberg, whose office issued a statement late last night accusing Governor Paterson of shortchanging the city. Congressman Anthony Weiner piled on today. His office ...

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Watch Out for Recession Scams

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Government agencies are warning of a sharp rise in frauds targeting people who have fallen into financial hardship because of the recession.

Mindy Bockstein, chair of the New York State Consumer Protection Board, says she saw a 300 percent increase last year in so-called "phishing scams" ...

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Skelos: Republicans Will Oppose MTA Plan

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

State Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos says no Republican will vote for the MTA rescue plan. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: While some New York City Democrats have been expressing concerns about the proposed tolls on the East River Bridges, Skelos says Republicans object to ...

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Drop in Homeless Living on Streets

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The city says a group of volunteers counting the homeless on a cold night in February found just over 2300 people. That's a 30 percent drop compared to last year. Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs says the results are counter-intuitive, given the economic crisis. But she ...

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State Senators Seek Balance Over Bridge Tolls

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The fight over the tolls hinges on the state senate, where Democrats are hanging on to a one seat majority. WNYC's Matthew Scheurman looks at three Democrats trying to find a way to support the bill.

REPORTER: The three Democrats won seats from Republicans last November, ...

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NY Assembly Mull Repeal of Drug Laws

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The New York Assembly is poised to pass a repeal of the state's drug laws, ending the 36-year-old mandatory sentencing requirements of the Rockefeller Drug laws. While they've gradually been relaxed in the past five years, today's bill would give judges the discretion to sentence ...

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Strong Sense of Racial Identity Benefits Girls

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Black girls in New York City benefit from a strong sense of racial identity. That's according to a new study on the lives of teenage African American, Caribbean and African girls in New York City, that two non-profit groups released today. The report's author is ...

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Drug Laws Opposition Growing

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Legislation to soften New York's strict drug laws is gaining momentum in Albany. The State Assembly is scheduled to vote tomorrow on a bill that would give judges more leeway to sentence nonviolent offenders to parole and addiction treatment, instead of prison. Queens Assemblyman Jeff ...

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Paterson: Save the MTA This Week

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Governor Paterson says this is the week to save the MTA. He says the state legislature has to agree on a plan to impose a new payroll tax, and East River bridge tolls, before negotiations can begin on the state's $13 billion budget deficit.

PATERSON: We ...

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Paterson Plays Down Popularity Poll

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

A spokesman for Governor Paterson is playing down the importance of new poll that shows a double digit drop in his popularity. The Marist College Survey shows Governor Paterson with the lowest approval rating of any New York governor in the 27-year history of the ...

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NY Senate Leader Urges MTA Audit

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

The MTA may be a step closer to putting tolls on East River bridges that are now free. The authority provided the state senate with certified audits after Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith threatened to withhold support for the tolls.

SMITH: The MTA does not have ...

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Bloomberg to Complaining Parents: Duh!

Monday, March 02, 2009

The first snow day for New York City public schools in five years has brought some criticism from parents. A decision to close the schools was reached at 5:40 this morning, but at a news conference today Mayor Bloomberg expressed little sympathy for parents who ...

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Silver: Bridge Tolls Best of Bad MTA Options

Monday, March 02, 2009

State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says his plan to charge $2 tolls for the East River and Harlem River bridges is the best of bad options for the financially troubled MTA. Silver said in a statement yesterday, that asking drivers to pay the equivalent of ...

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Clash of Charter and Traditional Schools

Monday, March 02, 2009

Some Harlem parents want the city to stop moving charter schools into traditional public school buildings. The Community Education Council for District 5 has drafted a resolution saying charters create a distraction when they have to share space with regular schools. The Council has advisory ...

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Get Your Gardens Started

Friday, February 27, 2009

It may be freezing outside, but if you want to have a great garden this Spring you have to start planning now. Urban farmer Karen Washington offers some quick tips for would-be gardeners, based on her experience at the Garden of Happiness in The Bronx.

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NYPD Hunts for Suspect in Immigrant's Death

Friday, February 27, 2009

Police are searching for a second suspect in the fatal attack of an Ecuadorian immigrant in Brooklyn in December. They've released a video of 28-year-old Keith Phoenix, who was filmed as he paid a toll at the RFK Triborough Bridge 20 minutes after Jose Sucuzhanay ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Home of Hip Hop

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Steve Zeitlin, executive director of City Lore, and Patricia Chin, owner of VP Records, talk about the West Indian roots of hip hop. Plus, DJ Kool Herc on the early days of hip hop in New York.

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