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New Yorkers Celebrate Confirmation of Sotomayor

Thursday, August 06, 2009

The confirmation of the Sonia Sotomayor to become the next Supreme Court justice was celebrated throughout the city - including the offices of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Civil Rights Attorney Christina Cheralde, 29, says in law school she noticed the plaintiffs were ...

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Driver's Brother: Toxicology Report Raises More Questions

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

The brother of the Long Island woman who caused a wrong-way crash that killed eight people says his family is shocked by a report that she was drunk and high at the time. Warren Hance says in a statement that he and his wife Jackie ...

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Carpenter's Union Officials Indicted for Bribes

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

The head of a large carpenters' union, and nine other officials have been indicted for receiving approximately $1 million in bribes from contractors. In exchange, federal prosecutors say the officials allowed contractors to pay less than union wages, and avoid contributions to union pension funds. ...

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Republican Congressman from NJ Explains Objections to Obama's Health Plan

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Republican Congressman Scott Garrett advocates for a balanced budget with fellow members of the Republican Study Committee

Republican Congressman Scott Garrett advocates for a balanced budget with fellow members of the Republican Study Committee

Scott Garrett, the Republican Congressman from New Jersey explains some of his objections to President Obama’s plan.

Brian Lehrer: How would you respond to this clip from Anthony Weiner speaking I guess, to his colleagues like you.

Anthony Weiner: My Republican friends pound the rostrum about how outrageous it is to propose the public option which would compete with private plans because they say they don’t want a government take over health care. But, about 20 percent of health care in this country is some sort of public, some single payer public plan: Medicare, the Veteran’s Administration, Department of Defense and frankly they do a pretty good job. They are not perfect and there are gaps but their combined overhead is about 3% compared to about of 30% combined overhead and profit taking by the private insurance companies.

Scott Garrett: His constituents may be different from my constituents in their mindset on this. I’ve just spent the days and weeks going back home on the weekends, doing telephone town halls and now going to various fairs in my district, hardly anyone comes up to me and said, “I want a system where the government has more control or the government is the single payer. Everyone else goes quite the opposite direction on this.”

Lehrer: Weiner would say, “Why not look at the insurance we have in America today. Compare the various types and come to the conclusion that the one with the most customer satisfaction and choice of doctors and taking the least cut for itself is actually the government single payer system of Medicare.”

Garrett: There are a whole bunch of misconceptions with regard to that statement. I can say, as far as the satisfaction, all you have to do is talk to people who work in my office, who deal with the constant phone calls of seniors calling up and saying 'I have this problem with Medicare, I have that problem with Medicare.'

Lehrer: Worse than private insurance companies do you think in terms of customer satisfaction?

Garrett: I don’t get as many calls from seniors with regard to the private sector. Now you can obviously push back and say 'Well that’s because you’re a federal office and you’re not necessarily dealing with that' but we do get these calls with regard to Medicare, so to say that everyone’s happy. No.

Secondly there is that myth also with regard to the 3%. I’ve looked into it and part of the reason for that is because when they come up with those numbers, they’re just looking at the numbers of Medicare being a government agency that simply cuts checks and how much does it cost to write the check and send it out to the doctor. They’re comparing an apples and orange situation. They are the apples, the oranges would be the private sector.

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Working from Home: Rep. Garrett

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Congressman Scott Garrett (R-NJ 5th) talks about healthcare reform and what he's hearing from his constituents, now that Congress is in recess.

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NJ Congressman Garrett: Medicare Not a Model for Health Care

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

As Congress debates healthcare reform, some Democrats are saying there’s already a “public plan” in place that satisfies many Americans – namely Medicare. But Congressman Scott Garrett, a Republican from northern New Jersey, says the government-backed medical coverage for the elderly is doing a bad ...

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Corzine Freezes Ridgefield's Finances

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Governor Corzine is putting more pressure on elected officials who are still in office, despite facing federal corruption charges. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Corzine has decided to freeze state approvals for projects generated in any town where the sitting mayor faces charges. The mayors ...

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Taconic Driver Impaired by Alcohol, Marijuana

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Westchester County's Forensic Laboratory says its toxicology report shows the woman who caused the fatal wrong-way crash on the Taconic Parkway, had a blood alcohol level of .19. That's more than twice New York's legal limit. Betsey Spratt, the county's chief toxicologist, says that could ...

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Corzine Considers State Control of Ridgefield's Finances

Monday, August 03, 2009

Governor Corzine says New Jersey will consider taking control of Ridgefield, whose mayor, Anthony Suarez, is facing corruption charges.

Corzine has ordered the state comptroller to begin an immediate review of Ridgefield's procurement practices development contracts and records.

He'll also issue an executive order that will direct ...

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NJ Attorney General Anne Milgram

Friday, July 31, 2009

New Jersey attorney general Anne Milgram discusses "Operation Bloodette," which led to the arrest this week of 43 people in a narcotics ring led by two women.

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Corzine's Office Served Subpoenas for EnCap Documents

Friday, July 31, 2009

Governor Corzine's office has been served with federal subpoenas in connection with a corruption investigation into the failed EnCap project in the Meadowlands. New Jersey State Attorney General Anne Milgram tells WNYC's Brian Lehrer the subpoenas are for documents issued during the Cody and McGreevey ...

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Hoboken Mayor Cammarano Resigned

Friday, July 31, 2009

Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano resigned today, one week after he had vowed to stay in office while fighting federal corruption charges and just three weeks after taking office, following a runoff election. Cammarano sent a letter to the city clerk today, saying his resignation was ...

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NY State Faces $2.1 Billion Deficit

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Three months after the approval of a $132 billion budget that closed a $17 billion gap, New York State is facing yet another deficit of $2.1 billion. Budget division director Bob Megna says the poor economy is resulting in lower collections of sales taxes and ...

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Hoboken Mayor Resigns Over Scandal

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Governor Corzine's office says Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano is resigning by tomorrow. Cammarano's one of 44 elected officials, rabbis and others who were arrested last week in an FBI probe of money laundering and bribery. He's accused of taking a $25,000 bribe from an undercover ...

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NJ Lawmakers Under Corruption Cloud Lose Salary

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Three members of the New Jersey Assembly who are facing corruption charges, have been stripped of their legislative salaries and benefits.

Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts Jr. had already removed Assemblymen L. Harvey Smith, Joseph Vas, and Daniel Van Pelt from their committee posts. Smith and Van ...

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YUEI: The (G)old Standby

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Lisa Miller, religion editor at Newsweek, and Joe Mirsky, a jeweler from Pompton Lakes, NJ and author of The Jewelry Newsletter, discuss the rush to invest in gold and what you should know before taking that old bracelet or watch to a "sell-your-gold" party.

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Meet Loretta Weinberg

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Loretta Weinberg, NJ state senator and John Corzine's running mate in 2009 gubernatorial race, discusses the recent corruption scandals in New Jersey and this Fall's election.

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Starrett City to Remain Affordable Housing

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Governor Paterson signed off today on a deal that keeps Starrett City, in Brooklyn, affordable for middle and low income tenants. And resident Linda Tilton is breathing a sigh of relief.

TILTON: Everybody just loves living here. It's a wonderful place to live. The grounds are ...

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Groups Call for Health Care for Working Class

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

New York doctors, patients, and health care reform activists are calling for more affordable health insurance for working class families in New York. Doctor Greg Dodell is a resident at Saint Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital. He says the limitations that health care plans have on low-income patients ...

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Newark Mayor Cuts Ribbon on Revamped Open Space

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Newark Mayor Corey Booker cut the ribbon today on a new park. Nat Turner Park is located in the city's central ward. It was once a rough area notorious for dumping and criminal activity. Booker says the revamped open space is part Newark's renaissance.

BOOKER: As ...

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