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Gov. Paterson Wants $600 Million in Budget Cuts

Monday, August 18, 2008

The state legislature is set to hold a special session tomorrow to address New York's budget crisis. Governor Paterson hopes lawmakers will agree to $600 million in cuts to plug this year's growing deficit.

REPORTER: Some assembly members are fighting the cuts saying they will hurt ...

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Local Pakistani-Americans See Smooth Transition Following Resignation

Monday, August 18, 2008

Local Pakistani-Americans are discussing the country’s future, following the resignation of Pervez Musharraf.

REPORTER: The now ex-president has said he has no plans to leave Pakistan. But Brooklyn bodega manager Bobby Sheikh says he and family members back home believe the former Army general should go ...

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State Finds Labor Issues at Car Washes

Friday, August 15, 2008

A probe by the New York State Labor Department has found widespread labor violations within the car wash industry.

A third of the car washes inspected were in New York City, and more than 78 percent of those failed to pay minimum wage and overtime.

Agency commissioner ...

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Court Threat Looms Over Top Buildings Post

Friday, August 15, 2008

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers is considering taking the city to court to block yesterday's decision to change the job requirements for the City's Building Commissioner.

The City Council approved a bill that would lift a requirement that the commissioner have a license ...

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Harlem Apartments Owner Faces Default

Friday, August 15, 2008

The owner of a large group of mostly rent-controlled apartments in Harlem will likely go into mortgage default.

The Rockpoint Group and Stellar Management have warned creditors they can't make the September payment on the Riverton Apartments Complex near Madison Avenue and 135th Street.

Manus Clancy is ...

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Port Authority Exec Says Infrastructure Improvements Needed

Friday, August 15, 2008

Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward says the region must find a new way to finance tens of billions in essential transportation infrastructure needs.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this report.

Building costs are up and tax revenues are down. New York and New Jersey are already deep ...

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Bloomberg Has His Man for Buildings Dept.

Friday, August 15, 2008

A day after the City Council passed a bill to loosen the qualifications for the city's department of buildings commissioner, Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he wants to make the acting commissioner Robert LiMandri official.

Speaking on his weekly show on WOR, Bloomberg says the Buildings Department ...

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New Goethals Bridge Design Revealed

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Drawings of a new Goethals Bridge show a wider span with two more lanes connecting northern New Jersey and Staten Island. The Port Authority today released renderings of a proposed replacement for the 77-year-old span, which carries some 80,000 vehicles each day. Motorists have long ...

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Class Teaches Respect for Women to Batterers

Thursday, August 14, 2008

In New York City, police respond to more than 200,000 domestic violence calls a year. The majority of the perpetrators are by far men. Only a small fraction end up getting convicted for abusing their partners. An even smaller fraction serve jail time. The rest ...

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Port Authority Ties Flight Auctions to Fed Money

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Port Authority says it's willing to support auctioning off airport slots, but only if the federal government invests more money in the air traffic control system.

Authority owns the region's three major airports and is battling the U.S. Department of Transportation over the best way ...

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Students Rally For Bill Aimed at Safety Officers

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Carrying signs calling for "Graduation Not Incarceration," over 100 High School Students joined City Council members on the steps of city hall to rally in support of the "Student Safety Act," a bill aimed at reducing altercations between school safety officers and students.

WNYC's Ilya Marritz ...

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Bloomberg Calls for Feds to Boost Infrastructure Improvements

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says New York and other urban areas will have to curtail short-haul air travel and beef up inter-city train travel. A group of mayors met today to discuss infrastructure needs.

They want the federal government to overhaul the country’s roads, bridges, water systems ...

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City Eyes Waterfront for Middle Class Enclave

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Bloomberg Administration made its pitch to the City Planning Commission for using public money to prepare and help build a new middle class enclave on land once envisioned for an Olympic Village.

The city is planning to enlist private developers to build 5,000 apartments on ...

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Rock Hall of Fame Coming to SoHo

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Billy Joel was in SoHo to present some memorabilia to the new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex that will open this fall.

The Annex is an extension of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame based in Cleveland, Ohio, and will feature musicians from ...

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Waterboarding as Art?

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

For years now we've heard about that controversy surrounding the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. One part of that controversy stems from concerns over the use of waterboarding, a technique that some have equated to torture that's allegedly used to gather information from detainees. It's ...

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Bloomberg Yanks Free Parking for Council Members

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The reserved parking spaces for four City Council members are about to open up.

After the Daily News reported today that Helen Sears, Al Vann, David Yassky and Helen Foster each enjoy a free parking space in front of their district offices, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ...

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Bloomberg Wary of Natural Gas Drilling Near Water Supply

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is voicing concerns about possible natural gas drilling near upstate water reservoirs.

The mayor says any deal to allow drilling must also protect city drinking water.

BLOOMBERG: Look, I think we need energy, there's no question about that. You can drill in a responsible ...

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McCains Campaign in New Jersey

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Despite polls that show Sen. Barack Obama with a healthy lead in New Jersey, both Sen. John McCain and his wife Cindy are in New Jersey campaigning and fund-raising today.

Cindy McCain came to the Broadway Diner at lunch time in Red Bank, Monmouth County. This ...

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Medicaid Cuts Eyed in Fiscal Crisis

Monday, August 11, 2008

Gov. David Paterson says the state needs to reduce spending by a billion dollars this year. Despite tense budget negotiations in April, the governor says the fiscal crisis leaves the state with a broad deficit. More than half of his cuts would come from Medicaid ...

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New Jersey Ready for McCain Visit

Monday, August 11, 2008

New Jersey is preparing for a visit tomorrow from presidential candidate Sen. John McCain and his wife Cindy. As WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, the Obama campaign is using the occasion to roll out the "blue carpet."

With Senator Obama on vacation in Hawaii, it fell to ...

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