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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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WNYC News

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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WNYC News

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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WNYC News

Kick Off for Kosher Tequila

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

It's Cinco de Mayo -- a celebration of Mexican independence and culture and a day to introduce what its creators claim is the world's first kosher Tequila. Star Industries President Marty Silver says the new product isn't just for Cinco de Mayo in Boro Park:

SILVER: ...

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WNYC News

Law Proposes More Oversight of Education Department

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Two state lawmakers from New York City are introducing a bill that would subject the Department of Education to more scrutiny. Queens Assemblyman Rory Lancman says the legislation he co-sponsored with Assemblyman Daniel Squadron addresses a gray area that came about when the mayor was ...

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WNYC News

Battle for NJ GOP Gubernatorial Nod Heats Up

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

With a month to go before New Jersey voters head to the polls, the battle for the Republican Gubernatorial nomination is heating up. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: The three-way race between former US Attorney Chris Christie, former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan and Morris County ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New Jersey Governor's Race

Monday, May 04, 2009

Steve Lonegan, Republican candidate for New Jersey governor and the former mayor of Bogota, makes his case to New Jersey's primary voters.

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WNYC News

To Mask Or Not to Mask?

Thursday, April 30, 2009

To mask or not to mask one's face, that's one question on the minds of New Yorkers thinking about the swine flu. Jeremy Beiler [BY-ler] is an actor who arrived at work on a bike in the West Village. He says he's reluctant to travel ...

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WNYC News

Health Officials Say Flu Cases Remain Mild

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Health officials say the region's confirmed cases of swine flu appear not to be too severe. New Jersey's Health Commissioner reports that seven people in her state have mild forms of swine flu and are recovering at home. None were hospitalized.

In New York, city Health ...

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WNYC News

Car? What Car?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Are you getting robo calls, warning you that your car warranty is about to expire and you don't even have a car? Everyone at WNYC has been getting them. Turns out Verizon Wireless has reached a settlement with two telemarketing companies that have been offering ...

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Bloomberg Says Local Flu is Mild

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg says swine flu appears to be spreading in New York City but he says it's nothing to be alarmed about. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

The mayor repeatedly emphasized that the local swine flu is mild and that people should keep going to work ...

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City Investigates Special Ed School for Flu

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The city's swine flu epidemic may be spreading. City health officials are currently investigating reports of flu symptoms at the School of the Ascension, a parochial elementary school in Manhattan, and P.S. 177, a public special ed school in Queens. P.S. 177 is just blocks ...

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WNYC News

In NJ, a Contaminant More Toxic Than Thought

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A new study finds New Jersey officials underestimated the toxicity of a known-contaminant in Hudson County. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: In the last century, Hudson County and Jersey City in particular, was a global center for processing chromite ore. Those plants are gone. But ...

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WNYC News

Life of Rats: Nasty, Brutish and Short

Monday, April 27, 2009

Contrary to popular belief, transit officials say a typical rat's life is short, just five or six months, and about to get shorter.

BARTHELL: Most rats in the city succumb to stress, deadly battles with other rats, erratic food supplies. They succumb to extermination campaigns, cars.

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White House Apologizes for Photo Shoot

Monday, April 27, 2009

The head of the White House Military Office has apologized for authorizing a photo shoot of Air Force One, and a fighter jet, near the Statue of Liberty and the World Trade Center site. Louis Caldera says, despite notification of local officials, the mission created, ...

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Probable Cases of Swine Flu in NJ

Monday, April 27, 2009

New Jersey health officials say they've identified five probable cases of swine flu in people who recently traveled to Mexico and California.

The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services said Monday that all have mild forms of the flu and none has been hospitalized.

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Women's Rights Advocates Call for Equal Pay

Friday, April 24, 2009

Women's rights advocates gathered today and passed out lilies in honor of the first piece of legislation President Obama signed, a restoration of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, making it easier for women to file discriminatory pay complaints. Local representatives including State Senator Diane ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NJ Budget Vote

Thursday, April 23, 2009

WNYC's Bob Hennelly and Frank Belluscio, communications director of the New Jersey School Boards Association, talk about the voting results of the New Jersey school budget proposals.

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WNYC News

NJ Votes on School Budgets

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

New Jersey voters head to the polls today to cast ballots on more than 550 local school budgets. WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

REPORTER: New Jersey's local board of education members are holding their breath to see if the economic crisis prompts voters to defeat school budgets. ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Future Home of the Nets

Friday, April 17, 2009

If the Nets aren't going to Brooklyn, Newark better get them. That's what Newark mayor Cory Booker says. WNYC reporters Bob Hennelly and Matthew Schuerman talk about the political wrangling going on around the future home of the Nets.

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