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Bloomberg Calls Shooting Senesless

Monday, October 05, 2009

"A senseless act." That's what Mayor Bloomberg called last week's killing in Queens of a 13-year-old boy by a stray bullet, fired by another teenage boy. Bloomberg visited the Cambria Heights neighborhood where Kevin Miller died. He defended the NYPD's work in the area, saying ...

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Vaccinations in Preparation for Swine Flu

Monday, October 05, 2009

In preparation for giving swine flu vaccinations later this month, nurses are giving out free seasonal flu shots all this week at six New York City public schools. About seven hundred children are expected to get the seasonal vaccination at P.S. 46 in the Bronx, ...

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First Pedestrians Cross Walkway Over the Hudson

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Hundreds turned out for Saturday's public opening of the Walkway Over the Hudson, a 19th-century rail bridge converted into a state park in Poughkeepsie. WNYC's Jenna Flanagan was there and has this report from the walkway 70 miles north of the city.

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Manhattan Bridge Turns 100

Sunday, October 04, 2009

The Manhattan Bridge celebrates its 100th birthday today with a marching band, fireworks and a re-enactment of the original walk across the bridge.

REPORTER: Just two decades ago, few would have bet on its longevity. When Sam Schwartz became a chief engineer at the city's transportation ...

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"Ring of Steel" Coming to Midtown

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Lower Manhattan's network of security cameras, license plate readers and weapons sensors is coming to midtown. Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly say the city will extend the counterterrorism network sometimes referred to as the Ring of Steel into an area that includes Grand ...

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Domestic Violence Workers Watch Monserrate Trial Closely

Sunday, October 04, 2009

The defense is expected to start presenting its case this week in the domestic violence trial of state senator Hiram Monserrate. Last week, alleged victim Karla Giraldo [hiraldo] testified her face was cut by accident. As WNYC's Ailsa Chang reports, domestic violence prevention advocates are ...

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Walkway Over the Hudson Opens

Saturday, October 03, 2009

The world's tallest pedestrian bridge opens to the public Saturday, 70 miles north of New York City. The Walkway Over the Hudson spans more than a mile over the river, and more than 200 feet over the surface. WNYC's Jenna Flanagan has more.

REPORTER: Neighbors, supporters ...

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Prosecutors: Mobsters Worked as NYC Inspectors

Friday, October 02, 2009

Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau has indicted six alleged mafia members who worked for the city's Buildings Department. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The indictment says there are 19 buildings in Manhattan and the Bronx where inspectors fudged permits or lifted stop work orders in ...

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New Braking System Coming to MTA Commuter Rails

Thursday, October 01, 2009

The MTA says a new federal law is forcing it to spend $700 million over the next five years to install an automatic braking system on commuter rail roads. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: After a train crash last September killed twenty-five people north of ...

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Five Weeks Before the Election, Thompson Still Introducing Himself

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Bill Thompson, the Democratic nominee for mayor, has been involved in New York City politics for more than 30 years. He's been Chief of Staff for a New York congressman, a Deputy Borough President, president of the city's Board of Education, and now City Comptroller. ...

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Barbra, Back Home in the Village

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Barbra Streisand released her latest album this week. It’s called "Barbra: Love Is The Answer" and includes 13 jazz standards. But when you already have 62 albums in your repertoire, what could you possibly do to create a buzz? Streisand decided to go back to ...

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The End of Suburban Sprawl?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Supporters of a proposed development in Nassau County say they’ve found the answer to suburban sprawl: a concentrated mixture of apartments, offices, and retail called the Lighthouse at Long Island. There’s just one hitch: How to get there. WNYC’s Matthew Schuerman has this report.

REPORTER: The ...

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Officials Urge Support for "Securing the Cities" Program

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg and other officials are calling on Congress to make sure a program that helps the city protect against a radiological or nuclear terrorist attack gets adequately funded. He was joined today by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Congressman Peter King and Senator Joe Lieberman. ...

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State Labor Officials: Extend Benefits for Jobless

Friday, September 25, 2009

New York State Labor Commissioner Patricia Smith says legislation pending in the U.S. Senate would provide additional payments to many workers who have nearly tapped out their unemployment benefits. But she says the consequences will be serious if the bill isn't approved by the end ...

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Liu, Yassky Clash in Final Comptroller Debate

Friday, September 25, 2009

In their last debate before Tuesday's runoff election, the two remaining candidates for the Democratic nomination for City Comptroller faced off last night. Councilmen David Yassky and John Liu were cordial, but they clashed sharply on issues from term-limits to each other's integrity.

On the issue ...

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Complaint Suggests NYPD Misstepped in Terror Probe

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The NYPD and FBI aren't commenting on reports that the NYPD short-circuited a federal terrorism probe. WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

REPORTER: A recently unsealed criminal affidavit suggests the NYPD may have questioned a Queens imam at a sensitive time in the investigation of a possible mass ...

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Study Finds NYC Students Ill-Prepared for College

Thursday, September 24, 2009

A new study finds too many New York City high school students aren't prepared for college, and urges the state and city to take action. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The study by the Annenberg Institute for School reform looked at students at the City ...

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How the FHA Shrinks NYC Apartments

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A quirk in Federal Housing Administration lending guidelines is making some condo units smaller. Guest: Sally Herships, Marketplace contributor.

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NYC Authorities React to Security Bulletins

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The MTA has stepped up police presence at "key locations," like Grand Central Terminal, in light of the ongoing probe into a possible terrorist plot. Even so, the agency says there's no credible threat to the city's subways and commuter trains. Meanwhile, federal officials issued ...

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NY Court Rules Paterson Can Appoint Ravitch

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

In a narrow, 4-3 decision, New York’s highest court has ruled Governor Paterson has the authority to appoint Richard Ravitch as his lieutenant governor. Karen Dewitt has more.

One Pataki appointee on the Court of Appeals, Judge Susan Read, sided with three judges chosen by Democratic ...

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