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Paterson's Ultimatum Yields No Action on Budget

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Governor Paterson has given the state legislature an ultimatum - either vote on his deficit-closing plan, or give him the authorization to fill the gap himself. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Governor Paterson in a pre-taped message billed as a special address to New Yorkers ...

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Federal Grant Will Allow NYers Renew Food Stamps Online

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A federal grant of more than $600,000 will allow New Yorkers to renew their food stamps online. Kevin Concannon, Under-Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, announced the help while visiting a food pantry on Manhattan's East Side. Concannon says the grant is supposed to ...

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WNYC News

Corzine, Christie Disagree on Support for the Needy

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

As more New Jersey families struggle to put food on the table and heat their homes, Governor Corzine and Governor-elect Christie have different takes on what to do about it. WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

REPORTER: Double digit unemployment and thousands of foreclosures continue to take a ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Exploding Debt

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Joshua Gordon policy director at The Concord Coalition and Bob Kuttner co-founder of The American Prospect magazine discuss the ballooning national debt and its impact on stimulus efforts.

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WNYC News

NY Lawmakers Could Spend Thanksgiving in Albany

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Governor Paterson says lawmakers can't continue to avoid the state's $3.2 billion budget deficit. He says New York is quickly running out of money, and without deep cuts in education and healthcare, the state will end up paying huge late fees on its debts. Paterson ...

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Race to Beat the Clock on WTC Financing

Monday, November 23, 2009

Developer Larry Silverstein is racing to beat a December 31 deadline for low-interest financing for three office towers he's building at Ground Zero. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: State officials say Silverstein isn't ready to borrow the money. He'd like to wait for the economy ...

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WNYC News

More Talk, Not Progress, in NYS Budget

Monday, November 23, 2009

New York State lawmakers are scheduled to be back in Albany today, after Friday's legislative session was canceled. Governor Paterson says he's willing to hold lawmakers in the capitol through the holiday week if it will help them reach a deal to close the state's ...

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WNYC News

Demand for Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens Increases

Monday, November 23, 2009

Demand at food pantries and soup kitchens continues to increase even as financial experts predict the economy is turning around. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez visited a food program in Brooklyn and has this report.

REPORTER: St. John's Bread and Life serves mostly the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bed ...

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WNYC News

City's Food Pantries Busier Than Ever

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Food Bank for NYC is pushing hunger awareness with a "Go Orange Campaign"

The Food Bank for NYC is pushing hunger awareness with a "Go Orange Campaign"

Across the city, emergency food providers say they're seeing more first time visitors at ...

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WNYC News

Puerto Ricans in New York Struggling...Still

Friday, November 20, 2009

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Puerto Ricans are some of the most prominent figures in New York politics and culture, so some people are surprised when they hear that, overall, Puerto Ricans are among the poorest and least educated New Yorkers. Almost a third in New York ...

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WNYC News

Atlantic Yards Faces Another Lawsuit

Friday, November 20, 2009

A coalition of Brooklyn officials and community groups has filed the latest in a series of lawsuits against the Atlantic Yards project. This one focusing on revisions the state approved in September.

They say the changes made the project worse by expanding the above-ground parking area ...

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WNYC News

CUNY Faces Big Cuts From City

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Bloomberg Administration's latest cost-cutting plan limits the impact on public schools, but not on the city's university system. WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

REPORTER: The City University system is in the class of agencies being hit the hardest, a four-percent cut in the current year and ...

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NY Lawmakers Leave for the Weekend Without Budget Deal

Friday, November 20, 2009

State lawmakers have left Albany after failing to reach agreement on closing a more than $3-billion budget gap. Karen DeWitt reports.

REPORTER: A special session in the Senate was canceled after a number of Senate Democrats, who are in the majority of that house, failed to ...

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WNYC News

Moody's: Failure to Cut Deficit Could Hurt New York's Credit Rating

Friday, November 20, 2009

The credit rating agency Moody's says New York's credit rating could be hurt if Governor Paterson and lawmakers don't reach an agreement on cutting spending and closing the state's $3.2 billion deficit.

Moody's warns that if the state fails to curtail spending within the next three ...

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WNYC News

Ms. Smith Says She WILL Go To Washington

Thursday, November 19, 2009

In March, President Obama nominated NYS Labor Commissioner Patricia Smith to be Solicitor in the United States Department of Labor. Basically, top cop for Employer violators of labor laws.

But Senator Mike Enzi (R-NV) has promised to block her advancement to the job over inaccurate statements she made (and ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

No Logo: One Decade Later

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Journalist and activist Naomi Klein discusses the ten-year anniversary of the release of her landmark book NO LOGO: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Goldman Shares a Little. Small Businesses Benefit

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Goldman Sachs is sharing the wealth - some of it - through its 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative, which aims to offer business know-how and support to Main Street. Melissa Berman, President and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors discusses whether it will repair the firm’s battered image. ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Healthcare's Latest

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Details of the senate health care bill are coming to light. Washington Post Congressional Reporter Shailagh Murray parses what's in the legislation and what's not.

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WNYC News

Paterson Presses for Budget Deal Amid Partisan Struggle

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The New York legislature enacted a tougher law against drunk drivers and agreed to reform the state's public authorities, but lawmakers still haven't hammered out a budget deal.

Governor Paterson says a power struggle between Senate Democrats and Republicans might be holding things up, and everyone ...

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WQXR News

City Falls Behind Nation in Economic Recovery

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

New numbers show New York City lags behind the rest of the country in emerging from the recession.

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