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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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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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Mayor Says Vendor Permit Laws Need Changes

Monday, July 06, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg concedes that the city health department needs to do a better job overseeing food vending permits after six people were arrested last week for selling their permits on the black market. Investigators believe at least 500 food vendor permits are probably held illegally. ...

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WTC Developer Threatens Arbitration

Monday, July 06, 2009

And it looks like another stalemate could be in the offing, and that's over the dispute over who'll pay for what at the World Trade Center site. Developer Larry Silverstein has filed an official notice that will allow him to take the dispute to arbitration ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Transitional Justice with Paul van Zyl

Friday, July 03, 2009

Paul van Zyl, co-founder and the executive vice-president of the International Center for Transitional Justice and former executive secretary of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, discusses how countries move on from collective injustice, why he believes the U.S. needs a post-9/11 truth and reconciliation commission, ...

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East Harlem Residents Rally for Security in Public Housing

Friday, July 03, 2009

At a rally today in East Harlem, tenants and community leaders called for enhanced security at public housing developments, after a gunman opened fire last month, shooting an 11-year-old boy and 77-year-old man at the East River housing complex. Diana Rodriguez has lived in the ...

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The Takeaway

Former Bush Official Leads Challenge to Prop 8

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Ted Olson, Solicitor General under President George W. Bush, argues this week in California courts against Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on gay marriage. He spoke with The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich about his motivation for taking the case and discusses why he feels gay couples shouldn’t be the political football they've become in recent years.

“Why in the world wouldn’t we want gay citizens who want to live together in a peaceful, harmonious, stable relationship to have the opportunity to call themselves married?”
— former Solicitor General Theodore Olson

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Security and Freedom

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Viet Dinh, assistant U.S. Attorney General under George W. Bush and a key architect of the USA Patriot Act, discusses the state of national security.

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WNYC News

Manhattan Judge Sets Trial Date for Guantanamo Detainee

Thursday, July 02, 2009

A federal judge in Manhattan has set a September 2010 trial date for a Guantanamo detainee charged in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.

Authorities allege Ahmed Ghailani was a bomb-maker, document forger and aide to Osama bin Laden. The attacks at embassies ...

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Paterson Appeals to Comptroller to Force Senators to Work

Thursday, July 02, 2009

A frustrated Governor Paterson is urging the state comptroller to come to his aid, and help him force the Senate to get to work.

PATERSON: I continue to call on Comptroller DiNapoli who is a great public servant and a dear friend. We're past conflict, we're ...

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Number of Hate Crimes Decreased, Severity Increased

Thursday, July 02, 2009

A new report says the number of hate crimes in New York City has decreased, but the severity of the violence has worsened. The New York Anti-Violence Project says it based the report on FBI statistics, and found there were five murders against members of ...

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Tracking NY's Stimulus Spending Online

Thursday, July 02, 2009

As of Wednesday, all three statewide elected officials have websites that help track stimulus funding, but none make New York's stimulus spending completely transparent. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein has more.

The newest addition to the transparency canon comes from Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, whose www.openbooknewyork.com site allows ...

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City Council Presses Officials on Coney Island Plan

Thursday, July 02, 2009

City Council members grilled city officials about their development proposal for Coney Island, especially on their plans to force property owners out. Mayor Bloomberg wants to replace privately-owned amusement parks with a city-owned one. Economic Development Corporation president Seth Pinsky avoided giving direct answers about ...

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Steinem Joins Domestic Workers Rally For Benefits

Thursday, July 02, 2009

As Democrats and Republicans in the state Senate continue to fight over who's in control, some advocates aren't giving up on stalled bills. Domestic Workers are fighting for legislation that gives them paid vacation, sick days, and overtime. They held a rally near the Governor's ...

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Gay New Yorkers Celebrate Indian Ruling on Homosexuality

Thursday, July 02, 2009

A court ruling in India has gay and lesbian activists in New York jumping for joy. The Delhi High Court ruled that India's colonial era laws against homosexuality are unconstitutional. New York activist Myna Mukherjee says it's a watershed for gay rights in the world's ...

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Senate Inaction May Impact Bond Market

Thursday, July 02, 2009

The mayor has been clear that inaction by the state Senate on several tax bills means a loss of sales tax revenue for the city. But as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, it also may affect the way the city raises capital in the bond market.

The ...

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Senate Fails to Break Deadlock, City Could Lose $70 Million

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

New York finds itself this morning, in what Mayor Bloomberg calls "uncharted waters."

With the state Senate still deadlocked -- several crucial pieces of legislation expired at midnight -- including mayoral control of city schools.

Governor Paterson ordered senators into one last special session, hours before the ...

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Court of Appeals to Hear Atlantic Yards Case

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The state's highest court has announced it will hear arguments on the use of eminent domain at Atlantic Yards in October. The Court of Appeals says it'll review a lower court decision made last month that permitted developer Bruce Ratner to move forward with the ...

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Condemnation of Honduran Coup in U.N.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

As the United Nations, the United States and countries around the world continue to denounce the military coup that ousted Honduran President Jose Manuel Zelaya, a small group of Honduran immigrants in the Bronx have added their voices to the chorus. About 20 Hondurans took ...

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What Next for the BOE?

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

WIth everything still up in the air it's looking increasingly unlikely that Albany will be able to renew the 2002 law giving Mayor Bloomberg control of the city schools. Joining me now is WNYC's education reporter Beth Fertig.

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