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More Bonds to go to Yankees’ Stadium

Friday, January 16, 2009

City officials overwhelmingly voted to approve an additional $370 million in tax-exempt bonds today for the Yankees' new baseball stadium. The bonds will pay for extra features, such as a better sound system and an enclosed press box. It will also pay fees to accelerate ...

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City, Daycare Workers in Pay Negotiations

Friday, January 09, 2009

Days after a year-end deadline, the city and the state are still negotiating pay raises for more than 27,000 daycare workers. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports:

REPORTER: The United Federation of Teachers represents these workers who provide daycare to low income families. Their average pay is less ...

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MTA Chief: Payroll Tax May Offset Fare Increases

Thursday, January 08, 2009

MTA's chief executive thinks there is a good chance that New York's legislature will approve a payroll tax to offset proposed bus and subway fare increases, and "draconian" service cuts. Lee Sander told WNYC's Brian Lehrer that lawmakers seemed "receptive" to imposing a 0.33% tax ...

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NYC Tax Revenues Turnaround in 2011

Thursday, January 08, 2009

New York City's tax revenues are likely to be sharply down this year, by some 7.5 percent and a new study by the Independent Budget Office says the city is unlikely to start seeing a turnaround until 2011, a year after the rest of the ...

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Mulchfest Recycles City Christmas Trees

Monday, January 05, 2009

New Yorkers have from now until January 16th to have their trees mulched by the city. Sanitation crews will be out collecting leftover trees. Last year parks officials recycled more than 13,000 trees, but this year sanitation commissioner, John Doherty says they will need a ...

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Bloomberg Defends Israel

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg says he supports Israel in its response to Hamas and that if the U.S., or New York City, were faced with similar deadly attacks, it would react the same way. He dismisses the criticism that Israel's use of force is disproportionate.

BLOOMBERG: If you're ...

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Graft Bust

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A private security guard has been arrested for taking pay-offs on behalf of contractors looking to meet with officials at the Department of Buildings.

The City's Department of Investigation has 56-year-old Carroll Henry, a guard employed by Allied Barton International. Henry allegedly kept a list and ...

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Homage to Pinter

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Broadway will dim its lights at exactly 7 p.m tonight in memory of Harold Pinter, the playwright, actor and director. Pinter died late last week. Harold Pinter won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005 and wrote 30 plays in his career, including "The Homecoming" ...

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Special Ed Spending

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

WNYC has learned that New York City spent $89 million sending students with disabilities to private schools during the 2007-2008 school year. That's an increase of more than 50 percent over the previous year.

The education department's lead attorney, Michael Best, says the increase is largely ...

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Verdict Months Away in Deutsche Bank Trial

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A verdict is still months away in the criminal case involving three men charged in the Deutsche blaze fire that killed two firefighters last year.

But an unprecedented agreement between District Attorney Robert Morgenthau and the Bloomberg Administration has committed the city to overhaul how it ...

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NYC Dodges Prosecution in Deutsche Bank Fire

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A Manhattan grand jury has indicted three construction executives for their alleged role in the fatal fire at the former Deutsche Bank building. But as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, there's significant reaction to some key entities facing no indictment.

REPORTER: District Attorney Robert Morgenthau's report on ...

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Charges Expected in Ground Zero Fire

Monday, December 22, 2008

Three construction supervisors and a subcontractor have been indicted in the 2007 death of two firefighters at a skyscraper at Ground Xero.

A person familiar with the investigation says manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide are among the charges. The individual spoke on condition of anonymity because ...

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Indictments Handed Up in Deutsche Bank Fire

Monday, December 22, 2008

Sixteen months after two firefighters died in a fire in the ill-fated Deutsche bank building at the World Trade Center, Manhattan DA Robert Morganthau has gotten an indictment against private sector construction officials and a subcontractor.

Indicted on manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide are Jeffrey Melfochik ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Follow Up Friday: Cooking at Home

Friday, December 19, 2008

Linda Olle, author of Upper East Side Cookbook, drops in to talk about her alter ego, Parsley Cresswell, an Upper East Side resident who has had to start using her studio kitchen for cooking.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Follow Up Friday: New School Occupation

Friday, December 19, 2008

Chris Crews, media liaison for "The New School in Exile" and graduate student at The New School, talks about how students at The New School who occupied the school's cafeteria claimed inspiration from the Greek protesters.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Riverside Church

Friday, December 19, 2008

Rev. Dr. Brad Braxton talks about his new position as senior minister of Riverside Church and progressive Christianity.

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WNYC News

Election Helps Community College Kids Find Their Voice

Friday, December 19, 2008

INTRO: For many New Yorkers the presidential election is in the rear view mirror, but for a group of first-time voters at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, the revelations from that day keep on coming. WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter reports.

SUZANNE: Freedom from your parents...religious freedom...what ...

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New Yorkers Live Longer

Thursday, December 18, 2008

New health statistics suggest the city is continuing to outpace the national average for life expectancy. The latest figures show that a child born here in 2006, is likely to live to age 79. That's a four-month gain over the previous year. Health Commissioner Dr. ...

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Caroline Kennedy in Harlem, Gets Sharpton’s Blessing for Senate Push

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Caroline Kennedy defended her decision to put herself in the running for the US Senate seat Hillary Clinton is likely to vacate.

KENNEDY: "I come at this as a mother, as a lawyer, as an author, as an education advocate and from a family that really ...

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Budget Cuts Hit Schools Hard

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The city's Department of Education is preparing a list of possible budget cuts, to be delivered to City Hall on Monday, following Mayor Bloomberg's request that agencies slice another seven percent from their budgets. The schools could wind up with a total of $1.5 billion ...

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