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Should the Mayor Control NYC Schools?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

This June, the state legislature will decide whether to renew the 2002 law that put Mayor Michael Bloomberg in charge of the city’s schools. It’s a controversial subject, with supporters and critics of the law each mounting fierce campaigns. As WNYC’s Beth Fertig reports, there ...

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More Public High School Students Enter CUNY

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A new report says there's been a 70 percent surge in the number of public high school graduates entering the City's Community College system over the past seven years. Mayor Bloomberg also points to a 37 percent growth in enrollment at CUNY's four-year colleges, and ...

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Persian New Year

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

This weekend marks the start of the Persian New Year and New York's Iranian community is getting ready to celebrate. It's made up of Iranian Muslims, Iranian Jews, people who came here because of the Islamic revolution in 1979, and young people who grew up ...

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Weiner Returns Campaign Funds

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The City Campaign Finance Board confirms that Congressman Anthony Weiner has returned more than $61,000 dollars of donations to his campaign for mayor. The contributions were from several companies linked to developers who gave thousands of dollars through different corporate entities. Those kinds of contributions ...

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Sen Dean Skelos Says GOP Senators Shut Out

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

New York's Senate Republican minority leader says Democrats are excluding the GOP from the state budget process. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

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Bank of America Must Reveal Bonus Info

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A judge is ordering Bank of America to disclose information about bonuses given to employees at Merrill Lynch, just before B of A bought the brokerage company. New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and B of A have been sparring over the release of the ...

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Madoff Accountant Arrested

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The fallout from Bernard Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme widened today, with the arrest of his longtime accountant on fraud charges. David Friehling is accused of helping the disgraced money manager cheat thousands of investors out of billions of dollars over the last 20 years. He's ...

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NJ's Xanadu: Lessons for Stimulus Spending?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Billions of dollars in federal stimulus aid is on the way to our region. But while local politicians are applauding the aid, many of the decisions about how the money will be spent will be made by public authorities largely operating out of public view. ...

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Paterson: Senate Must Address MTA Capital Budget

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Governor Paterson says the State Senate is risking sending the MTA back into the bad old days of the late 70s by delaying any decision on how to finance its capital budget.

PATERSON: Unfortunately there seems to be belief that these types of issues can be ...

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Custodian Accused of Bilking School

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A custodian at West Side High School in Manhattan is accused of organizing a payroll scheme in which he stole nearly $100,000 from the Education Department. The Special Commissioner of Investigations for the city schools claims Philip Portelli clocked two fellow custodians for overtime and ...

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Education Groups Urge Restoration of ESL Funds

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Students, teachers, and community groups are urging Governor Paterson to reinstate $2 million for Adult Literacy Education, which was cut from his proposed budget. John Hunt, assistant director at the Center for Immigrant Education and Training at Laguardia College, runs English as a Second Language ...

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State Democrats Unveil MTA Plan

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

State Senate Democrats have unveiled their OWN plan to rescue the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and it does NOT provide the kind of funding called for by former MTA chairman Richard Ravitch. The plan provides for a payroll tax, but at a reduced rate, and there's ...

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Paterson Rejects Senate MTA Plan

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Governor Paterson has rejected the State Senate's rescue plan for the MTA, saying it fails to address the agency's long-term capital funding needs. He's urging the Senate's Republican and Democratic leaders to meet with him to come up with a compromise. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver ...

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MTA Takes Blame for South Ferry Station Delay

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A new South Ferry subway station opened yesterday, allowing riders from all 10 cars of a subway train to disembark at the southern end of the number 1 line. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports that the MTA is taking responsibility for an engineering mistake that delayed ...

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One-Year Anniversary for Gov Paterson

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Today's not only Saint Patrick's Day. It also marks one year in office for Governor David Paterson. After Eliot Spitzer resigned over a prostitution scandal, Paterson was sworn in as New York's 55th governor. And today, he took a moment to reflect on what's been ...

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Cuomo Demands to See AIG Contracts

Monday, March 16, 2009

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has issued subpoenas to AIG, demanding that the troubled insurance firm detail who is getting big bonuses. Cuomo also wants to see the contracts that supposedly force AIG to make good on executive bonuses. He told reporters in a ...

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Late But Not Lost, New South Ferry Subway Station Opens

Monday, March 16, 2009

Today, a familiar cry at the southern end of the Number 1 subway line will cease at last.

A new, longer South Ferry station means that conductors no longer have to tell passengers to move to the first five cars to get out. Federal September 11 ...

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Peter's Place, Refuge for NYC's Homeless Elderly, Is Closing

Monday, March 16, 2009

After 16 years in service, the city’s only place of respite for homeless senior citizens is closing in June. Peter’s Place serves about 180 people a day. Their average age is just under 70.

This so-called drop-in center offers hot meals, showers and help with finding ...

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Judge to Decide on Merrill Bonuses

Friday, March 13, 2009

A judge says he'll decide within a week whether Bank of America has to cough up a list of performance bonuses given to top employees of Merrill Lynch, days before Merrill was acquired by Bank of America. State Supreme Court Justice Bernard Fried didn't indicate ...

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Dept. of Ed Says Small Classes Cost Big Money

Friday, March 13, 2009

The city's Department of Education says it can't afford to reduce class sizes as much as many parents would like. At a State Assembly Education Committee hearing today, Deputy Chancellor Chris Cerf laid out what it would cost to reduce average class sizes by 10 ...

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