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GOP Eyes Key Council Races

Monday, November 02, 2009

The GOP leader in the New York City Council is hoping his caucus will double in size in January, thanks to three close races in Queens. WNYC's Richard Yeh reports.

REPORTER: Republican Peter Koo, a pharmacist and longtime community board member, is in a tight race ...

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Spreading the MTA Pain More in Some Places than Others

Monday, November 02, 2009

Today's the deadline for a new payroll tax that the region's employers will have to pay. It's the final piece of the rescue plan for the MTA that the state legislature approved in May. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: Richard Ravitch, who's now lieutenant governor, ...

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Suspect Arrested in Arson on Site of 9/11 Remains

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Police have arrested a man accused of setting a small fire at the temporary home in New York City for the remains of thousands of World Trade Center victims. The fire was set early Saturday after a break-in at Memorial Park, a weatherproof tent on ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Labor's Role

Friday, October 30, 2009

With his new film Labor Day opening in theaters today, filmmaker Glenn Silber explains how labor unions can change elections. Dan Cantor, executive director of the Working Families Party, and Mike Fishman, president of 32BJ – SEIU, a union of building service workers, talk about unions' roles in ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

E-Records in New York

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

President and CEO of North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, Michael Dowling,explains how the hospital group's $400 million project to introduce electronic health records could reduce health care costs while improving patient outcomes.

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WNYC News

Main Street NYC Returns to 161st Street in The Bronx

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The first World Series in the new Yankee Stadium begins today. In the third part of our Main Street series, WNYC returns to the shopkeepers on 161st in the Bronx.

They’ve seen their businesses suffer in the shadow of the new stadium, and the playoffs didn’t ...

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Kerik Gets Hearing on Appeal

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Former New York City police Commissioner Bernard Kerik is getting a quick hearing on his appeal of the ruling that put him behind bars. But he's not getting out of jail before there's a decision. Judge Reena Raggi of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of ...

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MTA Chair Suggest His Old Employer: Transport for London as Consultants

Friday, October 23, 2009

The MTA's new chairman is proposing to spend up to a half-million dollars for technological advice from his old employer - Transport for London. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: Jay Walder served as a top executive at London's transit agency until 2006. He's proposing a ...

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MTA Considers Lower, Off-Peak Fares

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The MTA is considering a new fare system that would charge less for subway and bus rides during off-peak hours and on weekends. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more:

REPORTER: The transit system is developing a smart card to replace the MetroCard that could accommodate two-tiered fares. ...

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Food Stamp Enrollments Increase by 30 Percent

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The number of New York City food stamp recipients has increased by almost 30 percent since January of last year to 1.6 million. That's an all time high according to the City's Independent Budget Office (the previous record was 1.46 million people in April 1995).

IBO ...

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Watch Dog Group Cites Lag in MTA Projects

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A watchdog group is urging the MTA to scale back its request for more capital funding, saying officials won't be able spend the money quickly enough.

The transit agency has asked Albany to approve a $26-billion capital plan to spend on new train cars, station rehabilitation ...

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Reward Offered in Bias Attack

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The NYPD is offering a $12,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects in an alleged bias attack against a Mexican immigrant. Police say Mario Vera was beaten so badly that he can't remember where or when the incident occurred. The construction worker ...

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Bloomberg Questions Need for Public Adovcate

Monday, October 12, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg says the public advocate's office isn't the city's biggest expense, but even so, he says, it may not be worth its cost: "I think a public advocate's office should be looked at by a commission to see whether or not it really provides ...

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Queens Muslims Allege Racial Profiling in Zazi Investigation

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Community organizers took to the street outside Flushing Library Saturday to talk about what demonstrators say is growing fear among area Muslims, amid the ongoing police investigation of Najibullah Zazi, who was allegedly plotting a bomb attack against New York's transis system.

REPORTER: Ayesha Mahmooda with ...

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Kerik Set to Begin Trials

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik is set to begin what could be a triathlon of federal trials. Jury selection is scheduled to start October 26 in a corruption case that claims Kerik accepted renovations to his Bronx co-op in exchange for vouching ...

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New Yorkers Attend National Equality March

Sunday, October 11, 2009

With a bill that would give lesbians and gays the right to marry stalled in the state senate, gay rights advocates from New York are taking part in Sunday's National Equality March in Washington.

REPORTER: Carlos Menchaca of Brooklyn is there. He says his partner is ...

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Extensive Subway Diversions This Weekend

Friday, October 09, 2009

Subway riders should expect more subway disruptions than usual this weekend because of heavy track work. New York City Transit says there will be delays or diversions on 17 subway lines. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: Along certain stretches, shuttle buses will replace the subway, ...

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Attorney General Seeks to Change Pension Fund Management

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is looking to radically change the way the New York State pension fund is managed as his office investigates an alleged kickback scheme at the fund.

CUOMO: For literally 30 years we've been hearing about problems at the state pension system. Numerous ...

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Rockefeller Drug Law Reforms Go Into Effect

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Hundreds of New York's lower-level drug offenders can petition judges for lighter sentences, now that changes to the state's Rockefeller drug laws are in effect. WNYC's Brian Zumhagen has more.

REPORTER: The new law gives judges discretion to sentence non-violent offenders to court-supervised drug treatment instead ...

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Jay Walder's Plans for the MTA

Monday, October 05, 2009

The new MTA chairman, Jay Walder, begins his first day of work this morning. He'll meet and greet straphangers at the Main Street stop of the Number 7 line at 9 o'clock, and then ride the subway to the MTA's midtown headquarters.

Walder grew up in ...

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