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Soda Tax

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Dr. Richard Daines, Commissioner of Health for New York State, talks about leading the charge to get a sugary beverage tax adopted in NYS.

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Counting Prisoners: Upstate New York Seeks Political Boost

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

If someone is behind bars in a jail far away from home, how should they be counted by the state? The controversial prisoner census issue splits largely along an urban and rural divide. New York City politicians are pushing to end the practice of counting ...

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Counting Prisoners: The Population Politics of the Census

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

If someone is behind bars in a jail far away from home, how should they be counted by the state? The controversial prisoner census issue splits largely along an urban and rural divide. New York City politicians are pushing to end the practice of counting ...

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Rockaway Ferry Service Ends Soon

Monday, February 22, 2010

The city's latest experiment in waterborne transportation, a publicly subsidized ferry to the Rockaways, will end within 30 days. The Bloomberg administration says too few people are riding it. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has the details.

REPORTER: The route debuted in May 2008 after the local City ...

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Transit Ridership Down

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Ridership on the city's subways and buses declined last year, the first drop since 2003. But the total was still the second-highest since 1969. New York City Transit said there were 2.31 billion rides last year, down more than 63 million rides from 2008. Officials ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Stimulus Check In: Transportation

Thursday, February 18, 2010

WNYC reporter Andrea Bernstein and Will Schroeer from Smart Growth America discuss how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has advanced the cause of New York state and local transportation issues.

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How Long 'Til the Next Train? Pilot Project Lets Some A and C Riders Know

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New York City Transit says it may have found a faster and cheaper way to let you know how long it'll take for the next train to arrive. It quietly started a pilot project last week in six upper Manhattan stations on the A and ...

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Mayor's Management Report Shows Impact of Recession

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Mayor's Management Report shows evidence of the down economy. More people are homeless, on welfare and getting food stamps. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez has more:

REPORTER: The report provides a snapshot of city services between July and October of 2009. It shows a 25 percent increase ...

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Lower Manhattan Residents Tell Council They'll Continue Opposition to 9/11 Trials

Sunday, February 14, 2010

As Obama Administration officials appeared to revive the idea of using a military tribunal to try self-proclaimed 9/11 planner Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators, New York City residents packed a City Council hearing yesterday to give testimony on the potential impact of a ...

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Meet Your Councilmember: Stephen Levin

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Stephen Levin, city councilman from the 33rd District (D-Brooklyn) on his recent election to city council.

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Pedestrian Plaza Expected to Stay in Times Square

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Mayor Bloomberg is expected to announce that he'll permanently make parts of Times Square into a pedestrian plaza. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein has more.

REPORTER: When Mayor Bloomberg closed Times Square to car traffic last summer, the move caused consternation among cab drivers and New Yorkers who ...

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Proposed Changes in Payroll Tax Aimed to Help MTA

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Governor Paterson says New York City employers have to come to the MTA's rescue once again. He wants to increase the payroll tax imposed last year, but not for everyone. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The new payroll tax was supposed to provide a more ...

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Inspector Says MTA Doctored Contractor Ratings

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

The official watchdog of the MTA says the authority has been inflating grades for its contractors.

In the MTA’s evaluation system, 95 percent of its contractors got “satisfactory” ratings. They got “marginal” or “unsatisfactory” grades only 5 percent of the time. In follow-up interviews, Inspector ...

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Future of Pedestrian Plazas Still Uncertain

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is not saying if the highly touted street closures in Times Square and Herald Square have fallen short of the city's expectations for improving traffic flow. But he is hinting that initial estimates of a 17 percent improvement have not materialized.

"It's never ...

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Amid Budget Austerity, MTA Battles Costly Lawsuit by Former Contractor

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

The MTA is waging a costly legal battle against former contractor Lockheed Martin, which was hired to provide an anti-terror system. A spokesman says the authority has spent or authorized $3.6 million on the case so far and it is still a year or two ...

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KSM Terror Trial Latest

Monday, February 01, 2010

WNYC's Bob Hennelly discusses the apparent shift away from holding the Khalid Sheikh Mohammend trial in Manhattan. Then, the mayor of Newburgh, New York Nicholas Valentine shares his invitation to host the trial in his town.

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An Audio Postcard from Beneath the East Side

Sunday, January 31, 2010

The MTA’s budget is in bad shape these days, but officials say they are serious about completing their big capital projects. In order to prove their point, this week they took reporters on a tour of the East Side Access Project, a set of tunnels ...

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Obama to Propose Security Fund for 9/11 Trials

Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Obama administration is reportedly proposing a $200 million fund to help pay for security costs for the 9/11 trials. A congressional aide familiar with the plan says the money will be included in the president's budget being released Monday. The administration said late last ...

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White House Still Talking to New York on 9/11 Trial

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Obama administration officials have acknowledged that other sites are under consideration for the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other Sept. 11 suspects. But White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says negotiations with New York City continue. "We understand their logistical concerns and their security ...

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NY to Get $151m in Fed Grant for Rail Improvements

Thursday, January 28, 2010

New York is getting 151 million dollars as part of a package of high-speed rail grants President Obama is unveiling today. But New Yorkers shouldn't expect bullet trains anytime soon. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein explains.

REPORTER: California is getting 2 billion dollars, Florida well over 1 billion, ...

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