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Immunity for Underage Drinkers

Friday, May 08, 2009

Mary Pat Angelini, New Jersey Assemblywoman (R-11th District, Monmouth County), talks about the legislation she sponsored in the Assembly to offer teen drinkers immunity from prosecution if they seek medical attention.

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Smith Says MTA Needs Different Leader

Friday, May 08, 2009

Transit advocates may be mourning the upcoming resignation of MTA CEO Lee Sander, but Albany lawmakers think it will bring much-needed change at the agency. State Senate Democratic Majority Leader Malcolm Smith says several reform measures, passed this week as part of a financial bailout ...

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Albany Lawmakers Say Legislature is Not Ready to Pass Gay Marriage Bill

Friday, May 08, 2009

With Maine and New Hampshire the latest states to pass same-sex marriage legislation - many here are wondering why it's taking so long for New York to move forward with its gay marriage bill. Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith says New York will eventually catch ...

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Mayor Honors Pirate Hostages

Friday, May 08, 2009

The captain of a cargo ship who was taken hostage by Somali pirates, and one of his crew members, were honored by Mayor Bloomberg at a ceremony at City Hall. The mayor gave Captain Richard Phillips, and William Rios, keys to the city. Rios lives ...

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Brooklyn Job Fair Attracts Crowd

Friday, May 08, 2009

Police had to be called in to control crowds at a job fair in Brooklyn that attracted 4,000 people. Congressman Edolphus Towns sponsored the fair. He says his constituents are struggling right now and thousands showed up with the hope of finding employment.

TOWNS: People with ...

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NYC Sees Growth of Construction Employment

Friday, May 08, 2009

New York City is seeing a small uptick in construction employment as the weather gets warmer and some projects move forward. Elly Spicer has been a member of the carpenters' union for 24 years. She says her industry has stabilized somewhat - and the mood ...

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Charter School Exceed State Standard in English

Friday, May 08, 2009

More than 77 percent of New York City charter school students met or exceeded the state standards on this year's English Exam - a gain of 11 percentage points over last year. That's the same as the statewide average for grades three to eight. Schools ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Main Street NYC

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Main Streets NYCThe WNYC news team's Main Streets project is spending a year looking closely at six blocks around the region. Karen Frillmann, Brigid Bergin, and Elaine Rivera discuss the goals of the project, what ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NJ Low on Cash

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Mike Kelly, columnist for The Record and WNYC's Bob Hennelly on the report showing a sizable revenue shortfall in New Jersey for this fiscal year.

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MTA CEO Lee Sander Resigns

Thursday, May 07, 2009

MTA CEO Lee Sander is stepping down from his post, just a day after the state legislature approved a major bailout of the authority. WNYC's Mathew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: It's unclear just how much Sander is being pushed out and how much he's graciously stepping ...

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For Arab Comics, More Room for Laughter

Thursday, May 07, 2009

New York's Arab American Comedy Festival is six years old, but this year's edition is the first in a new political climate for Arab Americans. Comedian Dean Obeidallah co-founded the festival as a response to anti-Arab sentiment after 9/11. Now he says with the Bush ...

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Slaughterhouse Escapee Molly Looks Forward to Full Life

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Her dramatic escape from a Queens slaughterhouse has turned into a permanent reprieve for Molly the Black Angus heifer. After her capture by police yesterday, and a night in a city animal shelter, Molly was taken today to a 60-acre organic farm in Suffolk County, ...

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Hospitals Say Payroll Tax Will Hurt

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Hospitals, cultural organizations, and other charities are complaining about the part of the MTA bailout that includes a payroll tax. Many say they’re teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and the new fee won't help. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

REPORTER: With endowments and contributions down ...

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Parents Rally Against Kindergarten Waiting Lists

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Dozens of parents rallied outside City Hall today to protest the waiting lists for kindergarten at several Manhattan schools. Rebecca Bond says her daughter is on the combined waiting list for two schools in Greenwich Village. She blames Mayor Bloomberg for not planning enough schools ...

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Skelos Says MTA Plan Bad for LI Commuters

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Don't expect many New York Republicans to cross party lines and vote for the MTA rescue package. The Senate Minority Leader, Dean Skelos, says it doesn't look like much of a rescue for commuters in his Long Island district.

SKELOS: All I see is a lot ...

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Subway Riders Relieved Hike is Not More

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Yes, subway fares are going up, but not as much as they could have. That's the glass-is-half-full perspective of riders like Erin Roth. She's a Broadway dresser from Woodside, Queens, who buys an $81 monthly Metrocard.

ROTH: I don't think it's a bad hike, because we ...

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City Council Honors Gloria Steinem

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Writer and feminist Gloria Steinem was honored by the City Council today for her work advancing women's rights. Steinem says she came to the city nearly 50 years ago and still loves it.

STEINEM: New York seemed to be a free place, that's why i came ...

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MTA Head Says Agency is Transparent, Accountable

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

The CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Lee Sander is defending his agency against the attacks state senators have made against the MTA during the debate over a bailout package. Speaking on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show, he said State Senators failed to understand just how ...

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City Considers Bill to Restrict Cell Phone Towers

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

City lawmakers are considering a bill to make it more difficult to erect cell phone towers in the five boroughs. If passed, the measure would require that the surrounding community and local lawmakers be alerted before a new tower is installed. The companies also would ...

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Quinn: Don't Relocated Pre-K's to Fit Kindergarten Classes

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says she's uncomfortable with the Education Department's plan to consider moving pre-kindergarten classes out of two schools in Greenwich Village to accommodate a growing number of kindergarten students.

QUINN: The plan is basically to fix the kindergarten problem by creating a ...

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