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NJ Assembly Speaker Will Not Seek Re-Election

Thursday, September 03, 2009

New Jersey Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts Junior says he'll be stepping down at the end of the year. He says he's been planning the move for some time, but wanted to get the state budget passed first.

ROBERTS: I had an obligation as the presiding officer ...

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WNYC News

Former NJ Senator Sentenced to 2.5 years in Prison

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

A former New Jersey state senator from Bergen County has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail, for his conviction on Federal corruption charges.

66-year-old Joseph Coniglio was found guilty in April for extorting more than $100,000 from the Hackensack University Medical Center. In exchange he ...

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WNYC News

Former NJ Senator to be Sentenced on Federal Corruption Charges

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

A former New Jersey state senator is to be sentenced on federal corruption charges today. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

In the sentencing documents, acting US Attorney Ralph Marra says Joseph Coniglio's actions were "so brazen" he should get the maximum 78 months in jail.

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WNYC News

Espada Fires Slumlord Chief of Staff

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

State Senate Democratic majority leader Pedro Espada has fired his newly-hired chief of staff, after learning that he was a slumlord. In a statement, Espada says he was "shocked and blindsided" by revelations in the New York Times that Onix Sosa managed about 35 buildings ...

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WNYC News

Sales Tax Revenues in NYC Down 10 Percent

Monday, August 31, 2009

Sales tax revenues in New York City plummeted 10 percent in the first seven months of this year and the rest of the state is not far behind, with sales taxes down 8.9 percent from the year before. State Controller Thomas DiNapoli says local governments ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Qaddafi in Englewood

Friday, August 28, 2009

Mike Kelly, columnist at The Record of New Jersey, talks about the uproar over the Libyan leader's plans to pitch his tent in Englewood, NJ when he visits the U.N. next month. Plus, Congressman Steve Rothman(D-NJ 9th) talks about his efforts to prevent Qaddafi's stay in ...

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WNYC News

Qaddafi Won't Stay in New Jersey

Friday, August 28, 2009

New Jersey congressman Steve Rothman says Libyan leader Moammar Qaddifi will not be pitching his tent on Libyan-owned property in Englewood, New Jersey next month.

ROTHMAN: The representative of the Libyan government told me that the Libyan government had decided not to seek to have Muammar ...

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WNYC News

EPA Criticizes NJ's Monitoring of Contaminated Sites

Friday, August 28, 2009

The US Environmental Protection Agency is citing problems with how New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection monitors thousands of contaminated sites. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: The EPA Region two audit of New Jersey's DEP says the state lacks basic quality controls to ensure the ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Asbury Park Under Construction

Thursday, August 27, 2009

William J. Ward, attorney and author of the New Jersey Eminent Domain Law blog, and Paul McEvily, associate executive director of Interfaith Neighbors discuss halted development, eminent domain and Asbury Park.

Halted Development Map: Help pin-point more!

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WNYC News

NJ Assemblyman Chiappone Charged With Corruption

Thursday, August 27, 2009

A grand jury has charged Democratic New Jersey Assemblyman Anthony Chiappone and his wife Diane with taking more than $8,000 from state paychecks for legislative aides and moving the money into campaign and personal accounts. Chiappone represents Bayonne.

He told The Jersey Journal that he was ...

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WNYC News

NJ Assistant U.S. Attorney Michele Brown Resigns

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

New Jersey's number two federal prosecutor has resigned, amid a scandal over a loan she received from the state's Republican candidate for Governor.

First Assistant U.S. Attorney Michele Brown found herself at the center of political controversy when it was disclosed that her former boss, GOP ...

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WNYC News

WTC "Last Column" Returns to Site

Friday, August 21, 2009

A World Trade Center steel beam that became a makeshift memorial after the 9/11 terrorist attacks will be returning to the site on Monday, after more than seven years in storage. The Port Authority says the 58-ton, 36-foot tall column will become part of the ...

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WNYC News

2 Walk Away From Fiery Small Plane Crash in NJ

Friday, August 21, 2009

A small plane crashed while trying to land at New Jersey's Teterboro Airport early this morning. The two people aboard survived and managed to walk away from the fiery wreckage.

A police officer, who was among the first to respond to the scene, said he was ...

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WNYC News

Pam Am Families Plan UN Protest

Friday, August 21, 2009

Relatives of Americans killed when Pan Am Flight 103 was blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland, plan to converge on New York City in September to protest Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's speech at the United Nations. Family members are furious that convicted Libyan bomber Abdel Baset ...

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WNYC News

City Closes Beaches Due to Hurricane Bill

Friday, August 21, 2009

Despite the heat and humidity, some of New York City's most popular beaches are closed today, because of concerns about rip tides from Hurricane Bill. Even though Bill is hundreds of miles away, he's churning up high waves and dangerous rip currents along the city's ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NJ Politics

Thursday, August 20, 2009

NJ gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie is on the hot seat for his financial relationship with a federal prosecutor and for failing to disclose it. Plus, ethics probes are supposed to be confidential but someone leaked –what does it really mean for the state’s U.S. attorney and for the system? WNYC ...

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Gift Fair Reveals Retailers Cautiously Optimistic

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Christmas shopping is probably the last thing on your mind right now, unless you are a buyer who stopped by The New York International Gift Fair, where store owners met their wholesale suppliers this week. For WNYC's Main Street series, reporter Lisa Chow went to ...

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Digesting Politics Podcast

Digesting Politics: Christie and Thompson

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

WNYC’s Brian Lehrer, Bob Hennelly and Andrea Bernstein talk about politics over breakfast: Chris Christie starts to lose the news cycle over an undisclosed loan and Bill Thompson comes under the klieg lights.

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WNYC News

Siliverstein Executive Says PA Has Funds for Ground Zero

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Arbitration may not solve the standoff at ground zero between developer Larry Silverstein and the Port Authority. As WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports, new details came out during a city council hearing yesterday.

REPORTER: Silverstein contends the Port Authority has a moral obligation to guarantee loans he ...

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WNYC News

Man Arrested in Major Identity Theft Case

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A former government informant known online as "soupnazi" stole information from 130 million credit and debit card accounts in what federal prosecutors are calling the largest case of identity theft yet.

Prosecutors said Monday that Albert Gonzalez, 28, of Miami broke his own record for identity ...

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