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Concrete Investigation Reveals Faulty Testing

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Manhattan District Attorney has indicted a concrete testing laboratory for providing false quality control tests. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: The indictment alleges that Stallone Testing Labs has been falsifying the results for concrete used at close to 100 construction sites across the city.

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WNYC News

Homeland Security Secretary: $35 Million for NYC Transit Security

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the city will get $35 million in transit security stimulus money that the city can use to hire more police officers. She says the money will put more than 100 additional cops on city subways and busses. The move ...

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WNYC News

Mayor Defends Pay for Homeless to Leave NYC

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg is defending the city's long-standing practice of paying for homeless families to leave New York City to live with relatives. He says it saves city taxpayers "an enormous amount of money." He denies homeless advocates' claims that it shifts the problem to other ...

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WNYC News

City Council Approves Coney Island Plan

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

By an overwhelming margin, the City Council approved Mayor Bloomberg's redevelopment plan for Coney Island. The rezoning plan shrinks the amusement district to 12 acres, and allows for hotels, restaurants, and four high rises.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn: Coney Island is one of the most recognizable ...

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WNYC News

Starrett City to Remain Affordable Housing

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Governor Paterson signed off today on a deal that keeps Starrett City, in Brooklyn, affordable for middle and low income tenants. And resident Linda Tilton is breathing a sigh of relief.

TILTON: Everybody just loves living here. It's a wonderful place to live. The grounds are ...

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The Takeaway

The Constitution at Home

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

In the continuing uproar over the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr., one of the nation's preeminent African American scholars, Cambridge police released audio of the 911 call reporting a possible break-in that eventually led to his arrest. Was that 911 call sufficient cause to give an officer the right to enter a private residence? Was a basic Constitutional right broken? On The Takeaway to discuss the issue is Darius Charney, an attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights.

For more on the Henry Louis Gates, Jr., listen to The Takeaway's stories, America, Still Not 'Post-Racial', Call the Police: Racial Profiling and the Law, and read Takeaway Contributor David Wall Rice's essay, Professor Gates Arrested? No Surprise.

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WNYC News

Homeless Shelters to Enforce Rule With Evictions

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Starting today, homeless families can be evicted from city shelters for repeatedly breaking rules, like missing curfew or forgetting to sign in, or losing one's welfare benefits. Legal Aid Attorney Steven Banks says that's a problem, because people frequently have their cases closed by mistake.

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WNYC News

De Blasio On the Ballot, Alan Gerson Off

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Councilman Alan Gerson has been bumped off the ballot. The city's Board of Elections decided this afternoon that he could not run again this fall, after finding errors in his filing. Gerson has represented District One in lower Manhattan since 2002.

Meanwhile, Councilman Bill De Blasio ...

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WNYC News

Mayor: Lost Fed Funds Will Not Impact Policing

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg says he's frustrated that New York City is not getting federal money to help expand its police department. The Justice Department says it's doling out the $1 billion in aid to cities with higher crime rates and bigger budget problems. The mayor says ...

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WNYC News

NJ Pols Stay Put

Friday, July 24, 2009

A day after New Jersey's biggest criminal round-up of public officials in years, several of the highest profile suspects are still in office.

Governor Corzine tried to set a high bar in the aftermath of the raids. He asked for, and GOT the resignation of Community ...

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WNYC News

Hoboken Mayor: I'm Innocent

Friday, July 24, 2009

Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano says he'll stay in office while he fights a charge of taking a $25,000 bribe. The mayor was among 44 public officials, rabbis and others arrested in an FBI sweep across New Jersey and Brooklyn yesterday. Cammarano made a brief statement ...

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WNYC News

Analysis of Venality & Politics in NJ

Thursday, July 23, 2009

It might seem like the plot of a summer blockbuster at the movies... but it's very real. The mayors of three New Jersey cities, two state legislators and several rabbis are among 44 people arrested today in a sweeping corruption investigation. It began as a ...

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WNYC News

Dozens Arrested in Corruption, Money Laundering Probe

Thursday, July 23, 2009

New Jersey's Community Affairs Commissioner has resigned amid a sweeping corruption investigation that has ensnared three mayors, two state legislators and several rabbis. FBI agents seized documents from Joseph Doria's home and office today, but federal officials would not say whether the former Democratic state ...

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WNYC News

Mayor Dismisses Calls for Chancellor Klein to Resign

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

City Comptroller Bill Thompson says School Chancellor Joel Klein is not fit to run the Department of Education and should step down. THOMPSON: We found the DOE has engaged in sloppy and unprofessional practices that encourage cheating and data manipulation. The Comptroller's office released an ...

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The Takeaway

The NAACP's Legal Legacy

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Today the NAACP wraps up its convention celebrating its 100-year anniversary. For a look at what the group's future fights for civil rights should be and how their past accomplishments shaped the nation, we are joined by Lani Gunier. Lani Guinier is the Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She is also the first and only tenured black female professor at Harvard Law School.

We’ve been covering the NAACP’s centennial convention all week. Tomorrow we wrap up the conversation with linguist John McWhorter. We’ll look at his vision for keeping the NAACP relevant in the 21st Century.

Click through for a transcript of our conversation with Lani Guinier

Read about what was life was like for black Americans in 1909.

 

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Sonia Sotomayor Hearings Day 2 (Hour 1)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Sonia Sotomayor nomination hearings kick off today at 10am with questioning from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Hear live coverage, along with analysis and updates from inside the hearings. Guests include: Jami Floyd, host of "Best Defense" on In Session and part of the Clinton White ...

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The Takeaway

A Preview of Sotomayor's Confirmation Hearings

Monday, July 13, 2009

Today the Senate Judiciary Committee kicks off confirmation hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor. She is President Obama's first appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, and if she is confirmed she will make history as the first Hispanic on the high court. Joining us for a preview of the confirmation process is Dahlia Lithwick. She is the senior legal correspondent for Slate and joins us from Washington, DC.

"There's not much on the record that's going to hurt her. She really is, like it or not, a pretty pedestrian moderate, technical, mainstream, fairly moderate liberal judge. She's basically David Souter."
—Dahlia Lithwick, senior legal correspondent for Slate, on Sonia Sotomayor

For more on Sonia Sotomayor, watch the video below.

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The Takeaway

Blagojevich Back in the Headlines

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is back in the news today. His former chief of staff, John Harris, has plead guilty to fraud charges in a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago. He has also agreed to cooperate with the investigation into Blagojevich, which could be key for the prosecutor's fraud case against the former governor. For more The Takeaway turns to Rob Wildeboer, Criminal Justice and Courts reporter for WBEZ in Chicago.

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WNYC News

Skelos: Paterson Lacks Authority to Name Lieutenant

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Long Island Republican Senator Dean Skelos, in a response to the governor's announcement, said he agreed with state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo that Paterson lacks the constitutional authority to appoint a Lieutenant Governor. And he said the real crisis was one of taxing and spending ...

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Paterson Names Ravitch as Lieutenant Governor

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Governor Paterson says he's got a way to break the 31-31 stalemate between Democrats and Republicans in New York's gridlocked state senate...

PATERSON: I have selected Richard Ravitch, the former chair of the MTA and the Urban Development Corp, and a vital leader in the fiscal ...

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