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Hard Questions for Public Advocate Candidates

Friday, May 01, 2009

Rita Resnick, 88, asks tough questions of Queens Councilman Eric Gioia, attorney Norman Siegel and Brooklyn Councilman Bill de Blasio.

Rita Resnick, 88, asks tough questions of Queens Councilman Eric Gioia, attorney Norman Siegel and Brooklyn Councilman Bill de Blasio.

The four ...

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Keeping Those Pig Flu Germs Off Your Face

Thursday, April 30, 2009

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I finally saw my first mask-wearing subway riders today - one guy, and a couple seats away, the woman you see here, in this highly atmospheric and stylized photo. That was in the morning. This afternoon, I saw another woman walk out ...

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Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now....

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

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On a sunny Sunday at the tail-end of National Poetry Month, WNYC visited the Brooklyn Botanic Garden where people lounged on the grass in the shade of the 76 flowering cherry trees planted in the Cherry Esplanade. To celebrate the season, we asked a few people to read ...

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The Poetry of Mayor Bloomberg

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to supporters in his newly-opened Queens Campaign office on March 28, 2009. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Four more poetic years? New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg with supporters in his Queens Campaign office on March 28, 2009. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

In honor of 'Poem in Your Pocket Day,' Mayor Bloomberg has written an ode to volunteerism. Last week, the mayor joined MTV News's Sway Calloway to kick off NYC Service, the city's new volunteer project. The Upper Manhattan event was described by WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly as having 'pulsating dance music and wild exuberance from the youthful audience.'

This week, Hizzoner is taking a more low-key approach to promoting public service. His poem smells less like teen spirit and more like... well, the importance of being earnest:

NYC SERVICE
By Mike Bloomberg

“Volunteer!” says our latest plan

Here's how all New Yorkers can:

Read to kids

Mentor one

Help some seniors have some fun

Serve some soup

Or plant trees

Spend some time at food pantries

Coach a team

(Always nice)

Give some legal or tax advice

Learn to do CPR

Or...

Join the NYC Civic Corps

Help in any way, kind volunteers

You'll receive New Yorkers’ cheers

But right now, to get the biggest thanks

Help the pitching on the Mets and Yanks

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Mayor: Flu Has Spread, Not Usual

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg updates New Yorkers on the Swine Flu, April 28, 2009. (Edward Reed)

Mayor Bloomberg updates New Yorkers on the Swine Flu, April 28, 2009. (Edward Reed)

One cluster. That's what Mayor Bloomberg and other officials told reporters to focus on yesterday: the single swine flu outbreak at St. Francis Preparatory School.

Twenty-four hours later, two additional clusters have emerged at other schools, and there are five individual cases health authorities are analyzing.

So far, almost all the cases have been mild. All but a couple of people at St. Francis have been improving. Now, however, we've learned of the first hospitalizations: an adult, who was admitted and discharged, and a two-year-old, who is still in an undisclosed hospital. Nation-wide there had been one hospitalization. To date, there are still no deaths in the US. In Mexico, there have been more than 150.

Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Frieden says in many regards the swine flu is following a normal pattern of spreading, except that it's much later than usual. What's troubling, he says, are the deaths in Mexico and the unpredictability of a new strain. But in a city of eight million people, thousands die each year from normal flu. No one should be surprised, Frieden and Bloomberg repeatedly say, if this one leads to more hospitalizations and, yes, even deaths.

'We do not know whether it will continue to spread new strains sometimes fizzle out, over time. And we do not know if it's worse. So far it doesn't appear to be. But it's early.'

Bloomberg and Frieden say they now believe 'hundreds' of people associated with St. Francis were probably infected with swine flu, but they say there's no point in testing them all. Most were mild. Almost all seem to be on the mend.

Whatever practical value there is to NOT testing them in order to focus resources elsewhere, the city will benefit -- if that's the word -- from merely having its 45 confirmed cases pasted on cable news maps (already more than the rest of the country), rather than a number in the hundreds.
People wear surgical masks to help prevent being infected with the swine flu, as they ride the subway on April 28, 2009, in Mexico City.

People wear surgical masks to help prevent being infected with the swine flu, as they ride the subway on April 28, 2009, in Mexico City.

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The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space Opens at WNYC

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Four drum ensembles, representing African, Peruvian, Indian, Punjabi and Arabic drumming and musical traditions play as WNYC's President and CEO Laura Walker cuts the ribbon to open the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. Located at 44 Charlton at the intersection of Varick Street, WNYC's street-level, multimedia broadcast studio ...

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Cabbies Hurt by Recession Too...and They're Taking That Pain to Albany

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A fleet of NYC yellow cabs is driving up to Albany this morning to protest the state senate's latest proposal to balance the MTA budget--a $1 surcharge on cab rides. Taxi drivers say they'll be bearing the brunt of the tax. Joe Morone says he knows from his 35 ...

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The Short Unhappy Life of a Subway Rat

Monday, April 27, 2009

ratA New York City Transit official named Eric Barthell briefed the MTA board members Monday on rats, and what transit system is doing about them. He brought a helpful prop, pictured above, though much of his message was that rats ...

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Swine Flu: Sorting Truth from Hyperbole

Monday, April 27, 2009

Mexican athletes wear face masks at the Nationals Olympics 2009 in Tijuana on April 26, 2009. The Mexican national games were canceled due to the outbreak of swine flu In Mexico. (Daniel Conejo, AFP/Getty)

Mexican athletes wear face masks at the ...

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Reverend Timothy Wright Dies

Friday, April 24, 2009

wrightThe Brooklyn pastor and gospel singer, Timothy Wright, has died, after an eight-month struggle to recover from injuries he received in a car crash last year. Wright was 61 years old. Wright, the pastor at the Grace Tabernacle Church of ...

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Bike Share in NYC? Transportation Alternatives Says "Oui"

Friday, April 24, 2009

Cities around the world are trying it. Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, talks with Brian Lehrer about the possibility of introducing a bike-sharing program in New York City.

Here's the full interview:

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Transit Works Say They Smell a Rat

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Members of Transport Worker's Union 100 blame MTA Chief Financial Officer Gary Dellaverson for not coming up with money to save the MTA. Their shouts echoed down four blocks on Madison Avenue in front of the MTA headquarters this afternoon. Protesters from Transport Workers Union 100 lined ...
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Unions Say No Layoffs Please, Mr. Paterson

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Barry Markman, a state employee for 29 years, says no layoffs please.

Barry Markman, a state employee for 29 years, says no layoffs please.

Unions are demanding that Governor Paterson reconsider his proposed 9,000 state job cuts to balance the state's ...

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Pataki: Cap-and-Trade Works

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Snagged a few minutes today with former Governor George Pataki, at a conference his law firm was hosting on "smart grid" energy transmission (standing room only, hundreds of lawyers in suits, this area looks hot...seriously.)

Unlike some Congressional Republicans, Pataki is strongly supportive of the Obama administration's push ...

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Miss Subways: Underground Beauties

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Miss Subways contests lasted from the 1940s through the 1970s, but now and then some of the winners put on their sashes and get together again. I joined the latest reunion of the former beauty queens near Times Square.

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Tenants Outraged Over Broken Elevators

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Disabled tenants who live in New York City's public housing are filing a federal class action lawsuit to force the New York City Housing Authority to fix and maintain its elevators. The tenants say disability and human rights laws are being violated. Phyllis Gonzalez lives on the 12th floor of NYCHA Chelsea Houses and relies on a wheelchair. When elevators break, she says she's stranded in her apartment. As she spoke, she was interrupted by the sound of an alarm signaling that someone was stuck in the elevator. The doors opened moments later.

The elevator issue first drew public attention last August, when a five-year-old boy, Jacob Neuman, died trying to escape from a stalled elevator in his Brooklyn housing complex. Many residents say the problems are chronic, and Gonzalez notes it's especially hard for people who have health conditions.


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Mayor Launches 'NYC Service'

Monday, April 20, 2009

Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Mayor Michael Bloomberg

In a response to President Obama's call for a new commitment to civic engagement, Mayor Bloomberg launched 'NYC Service' at a high spirited rally geared toward young people in Washington Heights. The citywide initiative is designed ...

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Getting Some Old Time Religion on Two Wheels

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Bikers from across the city cycled to The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine at 112th Street to get their bikes blessed by Father Thomas Miller today, in the sixth annual blessing of the bikes.

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Newark Mayor Endorses Bloomberg

Friday, April 17, 2009

Newark Mayor Cory Booker comes to Harlem to endorse Bloomberg.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker comes to Harlem to endorse Bloomberg.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker traveled to Harlem today to endorse Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Booker said Bloomberg had become a national advocate for ...

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"Hey, These Cars Are Mine!"

Friday, April 17, 2009

by Jennifer Hsu of The Takeaway

The Takeaway's John Hockenberry heads over to the New York Auto Show to check out the cars his taxpayer bailout dollars have bought him.

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