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King Attacks Obama at Breakfast

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

On Day Two of the Republican National Convention, Long Island Congressman Peter King addressed the New York State delegation breakfast.

He says Sen. John McCain's support of key anti-terror legislation helped keep New Yorkers safe from another attack.

KING: If Barack Obama had been in there, there ...

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N.Y. Delegates Ready to Enjoy Convention

Monday, September 01, 2008

New York delegates at the Republican National Convention are finding things to do in Minnesota other than convention business. RNC officials curtailed today's schedule because of Hurricane Gustav's threat to the Gulf Coast. Rochester delegate Mike Snowdon says he's been waiting all his life to ...

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Caribbean Culture Celebrated in Brooklyn Parade

Monday, September 01, 2008

The 41st annual West Indian American Day Parade is making its way down Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn this afternoon. Thousands of people are in the parade, wearing lavish costumes and riding colorful floats. One of them is Dwaine Wilson, a Harlem resident and a native ...

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It's Wait-and-See for GOP

Monday, September 01, 2008

Republican delegates gathered for their national convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, are in a wait-and-see mode, as party officials monitor the hurricane pounding the Gulf Coast. New Jersey's delegation has turned its hospitality hotel suite into a donation center for hurricane victims. Meanwhile, other delegates ...

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Critical Mass Riders and NYPD Continue Cat-and-Mouse Game

Saturday, August 30, 2008

The standoff between the NYPD and cyclists in the monthly Critical Mass ride has been going on for years. WNYC's Arun Venugopal talks to Weekend Edition Host Brian Zumhagen about how riders and police interacted during the August ride.

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Obama Supporters Unmoved by McCain Pick

Friday, August 29, 2008

Republican John McCain's choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate may get some Independents and even Democrats to look again at his candidacy.

But many New Yorkers who support Barack Obama say their vote won't change. Connie Johnson, an African-American bank ...

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New Yorkers React to McCain VP Choice

Friday, August 29, 2008

The news that John McCain has named Sarah Palin - the 44 year old conservative Governor of Alaska as his choice for vice president is being met with skepticism by some in the city.

Brooklyn's Martha Llamas she's ticked off by the "oneupmanship" of McCain's selection.

LLAMAS: ...

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Unemployment Way Up in New York State

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Unemployment has shot up in New York State as the economy has cooled down. And a new analysis by the Fiscal Policy Institute finds New York is doing a poor job of helping the unemployed.

The Institute's James Parrott says the state hasn't made a cost-of-living ...

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Local Republicans React to Dems in Denver

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Local Democrats aren't the only ones following the Convention in Denver. Several New York State delegates to next week's Republican Convention say they're tuning in -- to see what the competitions up to, and get a sense of what they can expect next week in ...

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Mortgage Giants to Halt Subprime Transactions in NYS

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The nation's two largest secondary mortgage corporations, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, say they'll stop buying subprime mortgages in New York State. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: The trigger was Gov. David Paterson's signature on a new law intended to help subprime borrowers about to ...

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Paterson Casts Roll Call Vote for Obama

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Democrats are getting ready for a pivotal moment tonight at their National Convention -- the roll call of states, where Hillary Clinton's name is to be formally entered into nomination along with Barack Obama's.

Gov. David Paterson, a Clinton supporter, was asked if he would be ...

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From Sacramento, a New Charter School for Harlem

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

New York City has 18 new charter schools, each with a distinct personality. But only one has a story that spans almost 3,000 miles, from Sacramento, Calif., to 134th Street in Harlem. This charter school's story includes sports, politics, the historic Boys Choir of Harlem, ...

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Slight Drop in NYC Poverty Rate

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

New numbers released by the Census Bureau show poverty in New York City dipped slightly in 2007.

The federal data show the drop is less than one percent, or about 39,000 people.

Citywide, about 1.5 million people live below the poverty line. Pete Jones, who lives at ...

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Mayor Blasts Critics of Kindergarten Testing

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg pushed back against criticism of the city's plan to test its youngest students. The Department of Education is encouraging principals to administer standardized tests to children in kindergarten through second grade. The mayor says the tests are essential to learning a child's ...

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Designation May Inject Aid to Newtown Creek

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Newtown Creek, which separates Brooklyn and Queens, may become a federal Superfund site. That's according to Congress members Nydia Velazquez and Anthony Weiner.

In response to pressure from the two legislators, the Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to test Newtown Creek to see if its pollutants ...

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High Emotions at First Night of DNC

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

On the first night of their national convention, Democrats rallied for Sen. Edward Kennedy, and they were introduced to a softer side of Michelle Obama. WNYC’s Bob Hennelly was there and he joins us now.

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World Class Tennis Underway at Open Tournament

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Tennis enthusiasts of all stripes are flocking to the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Queens over the next two weeks. Many fans say they're looking forward to a re-match between Roger Federer and top seed Rafael Nadal, who met at last month's Wimbledon final. But ...

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Denver Spotlight Eludes N.J. Pols, For Now

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

So far, no one from New Jersey is scheduled to address Democrats in Denver. But as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, Garden State delegates are making a push to get Sen. Robert Menendez to the podium.

Menendez boosters are making the case to DNC planners and ...

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City Eyes Car-Free Prospect Park

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A car-free Prospect Park in Brooklyn? Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he'll ask his transportation commissioner to look into the idea, a perennial one proposed by the group, Transportation Alternatives. It wants the city to try closing the park to traffic for three months next summer. ...

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Paterson Bemoans Budget Woes

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Sen. Hillary Clinton gets another chance to publicly — and prominently — urge her die-hard supporters to get behind Barack Obama. Clinton addresses delegates tonight in prime time.

Other New York politicians are getting their chance today in the convention spotlight. Gov. David Paterson is speaking ...

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