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ACORN Funds Drop, Members Scramble to Fill Gap

Thursday, October 15, 2009

New York Acorn prides itself on standing up for some of the poorest people in the city. But a recent scandal has threatened to bring it down. Now, roles have changed and the large powerful organization is asking its 45,000 members to stand up for ...

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30 Issues Day 17: Poverty in NYC

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

David Jones, president and CEO of the Community Service Society and Brenda Beal, a leader of Community Voices Heard, an East Harlem organization advocating for the needs of poor people, measure the success of Bloomberg's anti-poverty initiatives and weigh how Bill Thompson’s approach would ...

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More WTC Arbitration This Week

Monday, October 12, 2009

Another round of arbitration begins this week in the fight over the World Trade Center site. This time, developer Larry Silverstein is arguing he's getting financially hurt by the Port Authority's delays. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports:

REPORTER: Silverstein took the issue to binding arbitration this summer ...

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Analyst: Manhattan Real Estate Market to Continue Slide

Friday, October 02, 2009

If you thought you missed the boat when it comes to buying at the bottom in Manhattan's real estate market, some analysts say, don't worry, you haven't. WNYC's Lisa Chow reports.

REPORTER: Your broker may be telling you housing prices are hitting bottom now, or they ...

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Prosecutors: Mobsters Worked as NYC Inspectors

Friday, October 02, 2009

Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau has indicted six alleged mafia members who worked for the city's Buildings Department. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The indictment says there are 19 buildings in Manhattan and the Bronx where inspectors fudged permits or lifted stop work orders in ...

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Barbra, Back Home in the Village

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Barbra Streisand released her latest album this week. It’s called "Barbra: Love Is The Answer" and includes 13 jazz standards. But when you already have 62 albums in your repertoire, what could you possibly do to create a buzz? Streisand decided to go back to ...

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Five Weeks Before the Election, Thompson Still Introducing Himself

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Bill Thompson, the Democratic nominee for mayor, has been involved in New York City politics for more than 30 years. He's been Chief of Staff for a New York congressman, a Deputy Borough President, president of the city's Board of Education, and now City Comptroller. ...

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Quinn Calls For Investigation of NYPD's Response to Bias Attack

Monday, September 28, 2009

Council Speaker Christine Quinn is calling on Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to investigate an improper police response to an alleged anti-gay bias crime in Hell's Kitchen early yesterday morning:

KELLY: When the police officers responded to the crime that they were not sensitive to the victim ...

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State Labor Officials: Extend Benefits for Jobless

Friday, September 25, 2009

New York State Labor Commissioner Patricia Smith says legislation pending in the U.S. Senate would provide additional payments to many workers who have nearly tapped out their unemployment benefits. But she says the consequences will be serious if the bill isn't approved by the end ...

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Liu, Yassky Clash in Final Comptroller Debate

Friday, September 25, 2009

In their last debate before Tuesday's runoff election, the two remaining candidates for the Democratic nomination for City Comptroller faced off last night. Councilmen David Yassky and John Liu were cordial, but they clashed sharply on issues from term-limits to each other's integrity.

On the issue ...

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Study Finds NYC Students Ill-Prepared for College

Thursday, September 24, 2009

A new study finds too many New York City high school students aren't prepared for college, and urges the state and city to take action. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The study by the Annenberg Institute for School reform looked at students at the City ...

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UN Security Details, Up Close and Personal

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

For the favorite restaurants of UN diplomats and their guests, this week is busy, and sometimes bizarre. The restaurant Convivio is a few blocks from the UN and as WNYC's Marianne McCune reports, many of their clients come with security.

REPORTER: All the Ambassadors come here.

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Woman Charged in Housing Scams

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Nearly two dozen low-income residents from Manhattan and the Bronx say an unscrupulous realtor swindled them out of their life savings. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports:

REPORTER: Mario Rodriguez says he gave Josie Almonte nearly $6,000 to find him an apartment he could rent with a federal ...

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Early Start for Reading

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

As educators wrestle with how to improve literacy, a persistant challenge is the gap in reading scores between low-income and middle class students. Studies have shown that children from poor families don’t get the same early start as students from wealthier or more educated households, ...

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NYC Authorities React to Security Bulletins

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The MTA has stepped up police presence at "key locations," like Grand Central Terminal, in light of the ongoing probe into a possible terrorist plot. Even so, the agency says there's no credible threat to the city's subways and commuter trains. Meanwhile, federal officials issued ...

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NY Court Rules Paterson Can Appoint Ravitch

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

In a narrow, 4-3 decision, New York’s highest court has ruled Governor Paterson has the authority to appoint Richard Ravitch as his lieutenant governor. Karen Dewitt has more.

One Pataki appointee on the Court of Appeals, Judge Susan Read, sided with three judges chosen by Democratic ...

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Clinton Global Initiative Kicks Off Discussions in Midtown

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The rich and powerful will be all over midtown Manhattan today and throughout the week. WNYC's Marianne McCune reports.

REPORTER: While the United Nations holds a summit on climate change, the Clinton Global Initiative kicks off its annual discussion of the world's problems, with past and ...

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Stanford Study Says NYC Charter Schools Improving

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A new study by Stanford researchers finds students who attend New York City charter schools for both elementary and middle grades are closing the achievement gap with suburban students.

On average, a student who attended a charter for grades K through 8 would close 86 percent ...

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President Obama in NYC for Four Days

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The president is in town, and New Yorkers know what that means -- street closures, barricades, and lots of cops. Get used to it, he's for a few days. Marianne McCune has more.

He came Monday and did the Late Show with David Letterman and he's ...

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Area Residents Ponder UN General Assembly

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

It’s the week of the United Nations General Assembly, and that means the usual traffic and street closures. It also means New Yorkers think a little more about the UN, especially those who live or work right next to it. WNYC’s Marianne McCune went to ...

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