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Comptroller Bill Thompson to Face Bloomberg

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

City Comptroller William Thompson cruised to victory in the Democratic mayoral primary, defeating Tony Avella, a city councilman from Queens. Thompson will now face incumbent Mayor Michael Bloomberg in November. WNYC's Lisa Chow reports.

REPORTER: Thompson's supporters say Mayor Bloomberg is disconnected from the issues of ...

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Whirls and Twirls on 59th Street

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Commuters passing through the 59th Street – Columbus Circle subway station can now see one of the last commissioned works by the late conceptual artist Sol Lewitt. The piece is called “Whirls and Twirls (MTA),” and its brightly colored tile design is 11 feet high, ...

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$15 Million for Transformation of Brooklyn Navy Yard

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

New York State Senate has allocated $15 million to transform part of the Brooklyn Navy Yard into an eco-friendly manufacturing center.

Daniel Squadron, senator of the 25th District that encompasses the industrial park, said the project is a model plan.

SQUADRON: It is everything we should be ...

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Lehman's Last Hours Remembered: "It Was Surreal"

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

HOST: When Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy exactly one year ago, most of the company's 25,000 employees lost their jobs.

29-year-old Lauren Carson worked at Lehman's headquarters on 49th Street and 7th Avenue for six years.

CARSON: I started there as a mortgage analyst and near the ...

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Police Departments on Alert for Homemade Bombs

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Counterterrorism officials are warning police departments around the country to be on the lookout for evidence of homemade bombs, following raids yesterday on at least two apartments in Queens. The joint FBI and Homeland Security intelligence warning, issued yesterday and obtained by the Associated Press, ...

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Primary Election Day

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Today is primary day for eligible Republicans and Democrats. While voter turnout is expected to be light, civil rights advocates say voters who do go to the polls shouldn't be discouraged by snafus at their polling sites. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: The most common ...

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NYC Wants to Ban Smoking in City Parks

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

City health officials are making a new push to make New Yorkers healthier. This time, it involves getting outer borough residents to exercise more and banning smoking in city parks and beaches. As WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports, a similar effort launched during Mayor Bloomberg's first ...

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New York Public Libraries Expand Hours

Monday, September 14, 2009

Ten library branches around the city will now open earlier and close later to meet growing demand. The mid-Manhattan library on 5th Avenue at 40th Street is one that will expand its hours, opening at 8 am and closing at 11 at night.

Darin from New ...

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Comptroller Thompson in Final Push for Mayoral Primary

Monday, September 14, 2009

City Comptroller Bill Thompson made a final push before Tuesday's Democratic primary for mayor, stopping by street fairs in the Bronx and Queens yesterday.

THOMPSON: We need to say good bye adios to Mike Bloomberg. It is time we put someone in City Hall who will ...

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City to Ban Smoking in Parks, Add Impetus for Exercise

Monday, September 14, 2009

City health officials are making a new push to make New Yorkers healthier. This time, it involves getting outer borough residents to exercise more and banning smoking in city parks and beaches. As WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports, a similar effort launched during Mayor Bloomberg's first ...

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Officials: No Insurance Co-pays for H1N1 Vaccines

Monday, September 14, 2009

Health insurers in New York State will be required to cover the swine flu vaccine, as it becomes available. But that doesn’t mean everyone who wants it will be able to get it. WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports.

REPORTER: Governor Paterson and state health officials say that ...

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Brodsky: State Agencies Need More Transparency

Monday, September 14, 2009

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's recent report on the improper political use of the state police also put a spotlight on the state's independent authorities. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Cuomo's report went back as far as the Pataki era. But it called for a fresh ...

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Weatherization Bill Heads to NY Gov's Desk

Monday, September 14, 2009

A bill is headed for Governor Paterson's desk that would create a public-private weatherization fund. Advocates say it could be a game changer in the effort to make buildings more energy efficient. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: The government would put in $112 million to ...

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Bloomberg: Fed Not to Blame for Financial Crisis

Monday, September 14, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg says President Obama is taking on an issue that other administrations have ducked: that of reforming and regulating the financial industry. While others, including former governor and so-called Wall Street Sheriff, Eliot Spitzer, have blamed the Federal Reserve for not doing enough, the ...

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Judge to Decide Monserrate Case

Monday, September 14, 2009

Queens state senator Hiram Monserrate's fate will be decided by a judge, not a jury. Monserrate's attorney, Joseph Tacopina, asked for a bench trial today. He says he's concerned a jury might be swayed by emotion, and not by the facts.

TACOPINA: We're that comfortable with ...

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Debate Over Obama's Plan to Reform the Financial System

Monday, September 14, 2009

President Obama's plan to rewrite the rules for the U.S. financial system is provoking debate. The president proposed shareholders have a vote on the salaries and bonuses of top executives at financial firms. City Comptroller Bill Thompson manages the city's five pension funds, which are ...

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At Ground Zero

Friday, September 11, 2009

Mike Kelly, columnist at The Record, and Matthew Schuerman, WNYC reporter, provide live updates while on the scene of the ceremony at Ground Zero and discuss the progress of development at that site.

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Should Arthur Ashe Stadium Have a Roof?

Friday, September 11, 2009

While the Mets were busy getting beat down by the Florida Marlins at Citi-Field last night, across the tracks at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, rain prevented Rafael Nadal and Fernando Gonzalez from finishing their quarterfinal match in the last remaining days of ...

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Report: Poor Conditions for Restaurant Workers Endangers Customers

Friday, September 11, 2009

A new report finds that poor conditions for low wage restaurant workers puts employees and customers' health at risk. The study, conducted by the advocacy group Restaurant Opportunities Center - surveyed more than 500 workers over four years. The group's Sekou Siby says 65 percent ...

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Over 700 Retailers Celebrate Fashion Night Out

Friday, September 11, 2009

Hundreds of retailers across the city kept their doors open late last night to celebrate "Fashion's Night Out," an evening of special events and promotions marking the start of fall fashion week. At Macy's flagship store in midtown, shoppers were treated to a live jazz ...

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