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City Pensions Funds Ban Middlemen

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The largest of the city's five public pension funds - the New York City Employees Retirement System - voted today to ban the use of middlemen, or so-called placements agents, from soliciting investment business from the fund. The move comes a week after City Comptroller ...

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White House Apologizes for Photo Shoot

Monday, April 27, 2009

The head of the White House Military Office has apologized for authorizing a photo shoot of Air Force One, and a fighter jet, near the Statue of Liberty and the World Trade Center site. Louis Caldera says, despite notification of local officials, the mission created, ...

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SCOTUS to Hear Challenge to Voting Rights Act

Monday, April 27, 2009

This week the US Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the Voting Rights Act. It's commonly associated with the civil rights era and the Deep South, but the law also affects voting in Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

REPORTER: Those ...

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Life of Rats: Nasty, Brutish and Short

Monday, April 27, 2009

Contrary to popular belief, transit officials say a typical rat's life is short, just five or six months, and about to get shorter.

BARTHELL: Most rats in the city succumb to stress, deadly battles with other rats, erratic food supplies. They succumb to extermination campaigns, cars.

That's ...

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Despite 80 Degree Heat, It's Cold Underground

Monday, April 27, 2009

The weather's getting warmer, except in one part of Manhattan. The MTA has been freezing a two-block section of earth far underneath 11th Avenue to make it easier to drill a tunnel for the Number 7 subway extension. The head of the MTA's capital construction ...

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Women's Rights Advocates Call for Equal Pay

Friday, April 24, 2009

Women's rights advocates gathered today and passed out lilies in honor of the first piece of legislation President Obama signed, a restoration of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, making it easier for women to file discriminatory pay complaints. Local representatives including State Senator Diane ...

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Reverend Timothy Wright Dies

Friday, April 24, 2009

The Brooklyn pastor, and Grammy-nominated gospel singer and composer, the Reverend Timothy Wright, has died, eight months after being critically injured in a car accident that killed his wife, and grandson, and put him on a respirator. He was 61. Wright, the pastor at the ...

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Taxi Drivers Protest $1 Surcharge

Friday, April 24, 2009

Cab drivers, fleet owners, and leasing agents rarely agree about how the industry should operate. But they're united in their opposition to a state senate plan to add a dollar surcharge on cab rides. Supporters of the bill say the money is necessary to fund ...

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2,000 LGBT New Yorkers Plan Trek to Albany

Friday, April 24, 2009

It looks like the annual trek to Albany tomorrow for Lesbian Gay and Transgender Equality and Justice Day is going to be mighty crowded. More than 2,000 LGBT New Yorkers and their supporters are expected to board buses in the early morning hours to push ...

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Paterson Signs Bill Overturning Rockefeller Drug Laws

Friday, April 24, 2009

It's the end of an era in New York state. Governor David Paterson has signed a bill that will radically overhaul the state's 46-year-old Rockefeller Drug laws. Paterson says the struggle to overturn the law - seen by drug reformers as among the harshest in ...

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Silver Won't Block Senate MTA Plan

Friday, April 24, 2009

State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he won't block the state Senate's plan to bail out the MTA. The Senate's version has come under intense criticism because it adds a dollar surcharge on cab rides in the region, and devotes half of that money to ...

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Home Depot Opens in the Bronx

Thursday, April 23, 2009

A new Home Depot opened in the Bronx today and the borough's new president-elect, Ruben Diaz Jr., was there to take a look. The big box store is part of the Gateway Center mall, which replaced the old Bronx Terminal Market and the Bronx House ...

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NY Senate Forms Latino Caucus

Thursday, April 23, 2009

For the first time, the New York State Senate has created a formal Puerto Rican/Latino caucus to address the needs of the state's largest minority community.

With five Puerto Rican state senators, the largest ever in the legislative body's history, Majority Leader Malcolm Smith announced that ...

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DiNapoli Banning Middlemen from State Pension Fund

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The investigations into New York State pension fund corruption have pulled back the curtain on networks of money, power and influence in New York, Albany and Washington and have already led to two indictments, one felony complaint and one guilty plea. Even President Obama's car ...

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Bloomberg Dislikes State Senate MTA Plan

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg says he doesn't like the State Senate's latest plan to bail out the MTA. He says he's particularly upset by a $1 cab ride surcharge, that would be equally split between mass transit, and road and bridge improvements for Long Island and Upstate ...

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Unions Protest Governor's Proposed Layoffs

Thursday, April 23, 2009

State workers protested outside a Midtown fundraiser for Governor Paterson, saying his decision to lay off 9,000 workers is unfair, and unreasonable. Vernetta Chesimard, with the Public Employee Federation, says the governor should lay off his own staff, first:

CHESIMARD: He just wants to take it ...

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Groups Rally for MTA Rescue Plan

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Officials from the Working Families Party and the labor unions that come under its umbrella held a rally today for an MTA rescue plan. They plan to lobby state lawmakers to approve more money for the transportation authority and head off a fare increase and ...

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Greening Old Buildings Worthwhile, But Costly

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The mayor and Council Speaker Christine Quinn are pushing a raft of proposals, meant to make existing buildings more energy efficient. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

The legislation would target buildings over 50,000 square feet, requiring owners to perform energy audits every 10 years, then make ...

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MTA Fare Hike Revolt Spreads to Facebook

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The uproar over the MTA's funding shortfall has spread to the Internet. The Facebook group, "One Million People Against the MTA Fare Hike" was launched about one month ago. Actor Amir Darvish says he and four friends decided to create the cyber-group one night while ...

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Tribeca Film Festival Opens

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Tribeca Film Festival opens tomorrow, with 65 feature films from more than 30 countries. Filmmaker Spike Lee is screening two films at the festival for the first time this year. He says festivals are still the most important way for young filmmakers to get ...

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