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WNYC News

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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Bronx Boro President Election Quiet

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The selection of a new borough president doesn't seem to be raising much interest in the Bronx today. A special election is underway to fill the seat vacated by Adolfo Carrion, who's now director of the White House office of Urban Affairs. Poll coordinator Shirley ...

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Democrats Push Plan to Increase MTA Oversight

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Senate Democrats are pushing a new plan to increase oversight of the MTA as well as its funding. Majority Leader Malcolm Smith says the public deserves to know where its money is going.

SMITH: We inherited an MTA that has been dysfunctional, if you will, for ...

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Mayor Announces Cuts in Anti-Poverty Initiative

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg says he's cutting six programs, and keeping 11 others, in his anti-poverty initiative. In a speech before the Center for American Progress in Washington, the mayor says the programs being cut -- including a literacy program for returning inmates, and a program to ...

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WNYC News

Disabled Tenants Sue City Over Elevators

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Disabled tenants say New York City's public housing agency is violating their rights by failing to properly maintain elevators. They announced a federal class-action lawsuit against the city. Phyllis Gonzalez lives on the 12th floor of the Chelsea Houses and relies on a wheelchair.

GONZALEZ: If ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Future Home of the Nets

Friday, April 17, 2009

If the Nets aren't going to Brooklyn, Newark better get them. That's what Newark mayor Cory Booker says. WNYC reporters Bob Hennelly and Matthew Schuerman talk about the political wrangling going on around the future home of the Nets.

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Brooklyn International Students on 'Being American'

Friday, April 17, 2009

In this 400th anniversary year of Henry Hudson's voyage on a Dutch ship to what would become New York, Amsterdam and New York City are celebrating their shared history. Both are multi-cultural cities with immigrants from more than 150 countries. But there are challenges, too. ...

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Merce Cunningham's "Nearly 90"

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The American Choreographer Merce Cunningham has been one of the more thriving forces in the arts since he began his work almost six decades ago, and he's still going. He celebrates his 90th birthday today, and tonight at BAM he presents the world premiere of ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Superfund for Gowanus

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Walter Mugdan, Director of the Emergency and Remedial Response Division for the EPA's region 2 office (NY. NJ, PR and the USVI), talks about the probable superfund designation of the Gowanus Canal and Robert Spiegel, executive director of the Edison Wetlands Association, talks about what superfund designation ...

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WNYC News

Archibishop Dolan Installed

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The new archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan, has been officially installed. The two days of ceremonies reached their conclusion with the stamping of a letter from Pope Benedict and Dolan giving the homily in a mass at St. Patrick's. Barbara Li Cardi traveled from ...

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Last Minute Tax Dash

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

It's April 15th and plenty of New Yorkers who waited till the last minute are rushing to get their taxes in on time. At the Farley Post Office on eighth avenue and 34th street, WNYC caught up with Walter Elliot, who was in the midst ...

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Librarians Vital Aides for Job Seekers

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Since the economy went into tailspin last fall, librarians have been fielding some serious questions.

THORNTON: Everything from I’ve just lost my job how to I file for unemployment or I’m considering a career change where do I start?

Ann Thornton is director of reference and research ...

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WNYC News

Conflicting Reports on Seizure of Mentally Ill Man

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


The family of a mentally ill man, Gamalier Reyes, plans to sue the NYPD for beating him so brutally, they say he'll need facial reconstruction surgery. Relatives and supporters gathered today outside of the 83rd Police Precinct in Bushwick, Brooklyn, holding photographs of Reyes' damaged face. Last Saturday, when Reyes, who is schizophrenic, refused to take his medicine, his mother called his social worker, who then called 911. Zully De La Cruz, Reyes' sister, says when the police arrived they used unnecessary force on her brother, who was upset, but not violent:

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City Placing 23 Percent More Workers in Jobs

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The city placed nearly 5,000 New Yorkers in jobs during the first three months of 2009, a 23 percent increase compared to the same time period in 2008. Mayor Bloomberg says the success of what's known as the Workforce One Career Centers has put the ...

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Finance Commissioner Under Fire

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The city's finance commissioner is under investigation for having a romantic relationship with a subordinate whose salary more than doubled in three years.

It's the third time in the last few weeks that Commissioner Martha Stark is at the center of an ethics controversy. In a ...

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Record Numbers of CUNY Students Apply for Aid

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Officials at CUNY are reporting a 33 percent spike in students applying for financial aid this year -- that's over the same period last year. Standing outside Baruch College earlier today, Congressman Anthony Weiner said that despite additional aid in the federal stimulus package, Congress ...

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Family of Injured Man Press Charges Against NYPD

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The family of a mentally ill man who was hospitalized after a confrontation with police this weekend say they will press charges against the NYPD.

Gamalier Reyes is schizophrenic. His sister Zully De La Cruz says he refused to take his medicine and his social worker ...

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Mayor Says MTA Needs Capital Cash...Or Else

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Straphangers get ready. Plummeting tax revenue and gridlock in Albany may force the MTA to impose even more service cuts and higher fare hikes to make ends meet. Mayor Bloomberg says if the state senate doesn't support the rescue plan passed by the governor and ...

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