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B23 Faces the Axe in MTA Crisis

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

If the MTA doesn’t get its bailout package from Albany, at least 24 bus lines will be totally cut by the end of spring. One of those is the B23 in Brooklyn, which winds from Borough Park into Flatbush. WNYC’s Ailsa Chang spent a good ...

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Brooklyn Launches Program for Sex Crime Victims

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Orthodox Jewish leaders and the Brooklyn District Attorney's office are launching a new initiative to fight sexual abuse in their community, after a sharp rise in reported cases. DA Charles Hynes says the initiative is called Kol Tzedek, "Voice of Justice."

Hynes: In the book of ...

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Taxi Fee on Table in MTA Bailout

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Lawmakers in Albany are still trying to come up with a way to rescue the MTA, and prevent big fare hikes and service cuts. The latest idea: a 50 cent fee on all cab rides. The news has angered cabbies, who say the fee would ...

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Supreme Court Rules Cost Issue in Plant Upgrade

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the government may consider cost when deciding if Indian Point and other nuclear power plants must upgrade. Alex Matthiessen is president of Riverkeeper - among the groups that sued the EPA over the plants cooling system. He says ...

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Federal Stimulus Increases NY Food Stamps

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Low income New Yorkers are now reaping the benefits of federal stimulus funds. Food stamps went up 13 percent today. That means an additional $40 a month for families like Ann Valdez and her son.

VALDEZ: I guess the best thing I can say is this ...

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DOE Criticized for Out-of-State Contracts

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

City lawmakers say the Department of Education should follow the same standards as other agencies when awarding contracts. At a hearing today, lawmakers criticized the department for taking money away from the city's small businesses in favor of larger out of state companies. But the ...

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NY and NJ See Prison Numbers Drop

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A new report says New York and New Jersey are the only states where inmate populations have dropped. The Sentencing Project, a prison reform group, says New York saw a 12 percent decline, and New Jersey an 11 percent decrease, since 2001. Executive director, Marc ...

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Expansion of Bottle Bill

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A five-cent refundable deposit will be tacked on to the price of bottled water and other non-carbonated bottled beverages under Governor Paterson's budget proposal. The expansion of New York's bottle bill means consumers can get those five pennies back if they return their bottles to ...

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Kelly: Expand the Ring of Steel

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly wants to expand a security strategy in Lower Manhattan to Midtown. The Ring of Steel is modeled on a London system that networks hundreds of video surveillance cameras and license plate readers to help police monitor traffic for suspicious activity.

KELLY: All ...

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Report: Bias in Hiring Restaurant Workers

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A new report from a restaurant workers group finds deep disparities in who's working in the front and the back of the house.

The report on expensive restaurants in the city shows discrimination and occupational segregation is often the norm. The study sent applicants to apply ...

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Governor Reveals $131.8 Billion Budget

Monday, March 30, 2009

Governor Paterson and legislative leaders formally unveiled their spending plan for the fiscal year that begins on Wednesday. The $131.8 billion budget relies on federal stimulus money, a slew of new taxes, including ones on the wealthy, and slower health care growth to bridge a ...

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Governor Raises Ire of Unions

Monday, March 30, 2009

The state budget process appears to be exacting a toll on Governor Paterson's relationship with the state employee unions. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more. REPORTER: The governor has taken a hard line on spending, including a vow to lay off 8,900 workers if unions aren't ...

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NYC Taxes Revenues Eroding

Monday, March 30, 2009

Just as the City Council and the Bloomberg Administration digest the small print in Albany's budget deal, there's more bad news for the city from the Independent Budget Office. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more. REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg's proposed budget for next year appeared balanced just ...

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Comptroller: City Jail Contract Process Corrupted

Monday, March 30, 2009

City Comptroller Bill Thompson has halted the filing of a contract to expand a Brooklyn city jail, saying the contracting process was corrupted and he wants more information. Thompson, joined by elated elected officials and community groups, says the city's Department of Design and Construction ...

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Selected Shorts

Unexpected Developments

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Four tales with twists by masters of the genre.

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Office Sales Plummet in 2008

Saturday, March 28, 2009

A new report shows that office sales activity in Manhattan dropped off a cliff in 2008, and most of the sales that did take place, were forced sales. That is, owners sold their office buildings because they couldn't pay back their lenders. WNYC's Lisa Chow ...

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Oscar Goes Under the Knife

Friday, March 27, 2009

Pet owners, like everyone else, are being squeezed in this down economy and looking for ways to save. In Bushwick, Brooklyn recently, about 25 cats and dogs lined up for low-cost vet care. The mobile clinic, run by The ASPCA, charges $75 to spay or neuter a pet and the same services are free if you are on public assistance.

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Oscar and his owner Caesar wait to take advantage of low-cost spay/neuter services in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

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Pit bulls make up a disproportionate number of dogs that enter the shelter system in the city. Joel Lopez of the ASPCA says he started drooling when he saw the two pit bulls come to get spayed.

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Rock Reformed

Friday, March 27, 2009

Governor Paterson and leaders of the Assembly and Senate announced a deal that brings sweeping reforms to New York's 1970s-era Rockefeller drug laws. The bill gives judges the discretion to send addicted, nonviolent offenders to rehab, instead of imposing mandatory prison sentences.

Drug abuse is an ...

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Bloomberg: Fare Hikes Lesser of Two Evils

Thursday, March 26, 2009

One day after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved a fare hike and service cuts to cover a $1.2 billion budget gap, Mayor Bloomberg says the 25 percent fare increase is the lesser of two evils.

BLOOMBERG: That’s not good for our economy, it’s not good for ...

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Freedom Tower Gets Tenant, New Name

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Port Authority has its first commercial tenant for the Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center site and a new name for the building.

Bejing Vantone, a Chinese firm that promotes trade between the US and China, will lease five floors in the tower slated ...

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