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NY State, City Sue Roll-Your-Own Cigarette Stores

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

New York state and New York City say they're joining forces to sue two stores that have been helping smokers avoid taxes by selling roll-your-own cigarettes.

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Transportation Nation

Boston, Denver Bike Shares Back This Week

Monday, March 12, 2012

A Denver bike share station (RTD photo)

After a winter intermission, both Denver and  Boston relaunch their bike shares this week.  The two northern cities (along with Minneapolis and Washington, DC) were among the nation's first bike share programs. Washington, DC's bike share is year-round, and Minneapolis's will start up the first week of April.

Chicago and New York are expected to launch two of the nation's biggest bike shares this summer.   San Francisco is launching a smaller, 500-bike program this summer.

New York is actively planning bike share share station locations, and both New York and Chicago are putting together bike share sponsors.

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WNYC News

Employment Numbers Show Uptick in Hiring

Thursday, March 08, 2012

New York City experienced record-breaking job growth in January. Employers added 31,200 jobs — the highest one month gain in the last 23 years — according to analysis of New York State Labor Department by the real estate firm Eastern Consolidated.  

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WNYC News

NY, NJ, CT Politicians Seek Minimum Wage Increase

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Legislative leaders from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are pushing a novel, unified approach to promote higher minimum wages, hoping to spur a national movement and eliminate a major argument of opponents in the Northeast who say hikes hinder a state's competitiveness.

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Transportation Nation

Will Developer Pay for Transit to a New Queens Convention Center?

Friday, March 02, 2012

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has promised that a proposed new casino/convention center in Queens wouldn't cost anything to the NY MTA.  But at a Crain's Breakfast forum this week, an executive for the development firm set to build the complex seemed to carve out a loophole -- one caused by the borough's own transit needs.

Here's an exchange between Genting Sr. VP Christian Goode and moderator Greg David:

Q: Do you expect the organization would have to spend money on transportation infrastructures to improve access to the site?

A: What we warranted -- what we represented up front if there’s infrastructure that’s  needed we would work collectively.  I think the infrastructure needs have been identified for a long time for the area.  Our project would be just one more reason to do it.  I think from the city perspective, the state perspective, highways and stuff  -- I think there’s already a plan by the DOT, and so on and so forth,  that there’s a need for infrastructure upgrades.

What we represented is that, if we have express service from the MTA coming out we would fund the capital costs of that. Now other things I think are in discussion --

Some local elected officials brought up the Rockaway spur, the Rockaway express line that could be reconstituted -- probably most likely necessary to provide adequate mass transit to the residents of Queens in general.

When you compare Queens to Brooklyn to the Bronx, and certainly to Manhattan their access to mass transit is significantly less than the other boroughs whether there be express bus or train service.

I think there is a need our project would add to the need. We look forward working cooperatively and collaboratively to go through that process. How the finances work out its way to early to tell. I don’t know all the research and analysis has been done to see what could become and what that would cost .

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Liu Fundraising Arrest

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Bob Hennelly, WNYC contributing editor for politics and investigations, talks about the arrest of New York City Comptroller John Liu's campaign treasurer and what this means for Liu's political future.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Teacher Evaluation System Announced

Friday, February 17, 2012

Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers in New York, discusses how New York State education officials and teachers' unions came to a compromise and how teacher evaluations will be done.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New York State Insurance and Contraception

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Obama administration is responding to criticism about its decision to mandate that all insurance providers – even those contracted by Catholic organizations – provide contraception. But New York State has had such a law on its books for a decade. Lois Uttley, Director of the MergerWatch Project and Raising Women’s Voices-NY, discusses how New York’s policy functions.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

HUD Secretary on the $25 Billion Homeowner Settlement

Friday, February 10, 2012

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan discusses the big deal struck between federal and state officials to help struggling homeowners--and what it could mean for the New York area. More information on the settlement here.

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Transportation Nation

NYC Mayor Stuck On "Shame Stickers"

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

An example of the "shame sticker." (Photo by Kilgub via Flickr)

(New York -- Kathleen Horan, WNYC) Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he plans to veto legislation that would put an end to the Sanitation Department's so-called 'shame' stickers on cars. The mayor said he supports the 25-year-old practice of plastering a fluorescent sticker on cars that violate alternate side parking rules.

"I think it’s one of the less productive things that could be legislated," Bloomberg explained. "Stickers are an enforcement tool that have helped to keep our streets clean and if you take them away, there's no reason to believe that we won't go back to the dirty streets that we had before stickers were put in there."

The City Council approved legislation last week that would ban the stickers, saying they unfairly punish drivers before they're allowed to prove their innocence... and because they're too difficult to remove.

The Sanitation Department has said the threat of the stickers has helped increase compliance.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Kodak, Rochester and Your Company Town

Thursday, January 19, 2012

John Hockenberry, co-host of WNYC's national news radio show, The Takeaway, talks about growing up on Kodak in Rochester and takes listener calls on your company town.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Errol Louis on the State of New York State

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Errol Louis, host of NY1’s “Inside City Hall,” joins us to talk about Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address.

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It's A Free Country ®

Poll: NYers Have Obama Beating Romney, All Republicans by at Least 25 Points

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A new Siena poll of registered New York voters has Barack Obama beating Republican front-runner Mitt Romney by 25 points, and the president's favorability rating at its highest point since July.

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The Takeaway

Occupy Wall Street Moves to Foley Square

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Occupy Wall Street protesters have vowed to carry on after being evicted from Zuccotti Park overnight Tuesday. After being thrown out of the park after two months, protesters regrouped after dawn on Tuesday in nearby Foley Square and marched toward City Hall. Ben Brock Johnson, digital editor for The Takeaway, saw protesters being removed from Zuccotti Park early Tuesday and spoke with protesters in Foley Square.

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The Takeaway

NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez Arrested at Occupy Wall Street

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Among the 70 Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested early Tuesday at Zuccotti Park was New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez. According to his spokesman David Segal, Rodriguez, who represents northern Manhattan, is a major supporter of the Occupy movement. Segal joins The Takeaway to discuss Rodriguez's arrest.

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The Takeaway

Occupy Wall Street Evicted from Zuccotti Park

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Protesters at Occupy Wall Street's encampment in Lower Manhattan were awakened by sound cannons overnight Tuesday as police in riot gear moved in to clear the park. After nearly two months occupying Zuccotti Park, protesters were ordered to leave the park and told they could return after it had been "cleared and restored." WNYC reporter Alex Goldmark has been in Lower Manhattan overnight observing what transpired.

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WNYC News

LOOK | Winter Storm Hits Tri-State Area

Saturday, October 29, 2011

An early season snow storm hit the region on Saturday, resulting in travel delays and even a few snowmen.

 

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WNYC News

NY, CT Methodists Pledge Support of Same-Sex Marriage

Monday, October 17, 2011

More than 160 active and retired United Methodist clergy members in New York and Connecticut said they would defy the church's ban on performing same-sex marriages and perform ceremonies for all couples.

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The Takeaway

Occupy Wall Street Movement Gains Momentum

Thursday, October 06, 2011

The Occupy Wall Street movement is gaining momentum, and not just in New York — it's spreading across the country, to places like Boston, Miami, and Seattle. As the number of people camped out in Zuccotti Park in New York and other American cities grows, so does the amount of media coverage and the number of incidents involving clashes between police and protesters. Three protesters offer their dispatches from the demonstrations.

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Soundcheck

Soundcheck Smackdown: Gotham vs. Motown

Monday, October 03, 2011

The ballfield isn’t the only place where New York and Detroit are facing off. Today: The music of the two metropolises go head to head in a city versus city Soundcheck Smackdown. Plus: Singer-songwriter and composer Tori Amos explores traditional melodies and untraditional themes in her classical album debut, a song cycle called Night of Hunters. She performs live in the studio.