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The Brian Lehrer Show

Finance: NY , Paterson, and the MTA

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli previews Governor Paterson's speech and talks about the state's financial situation. Plus, an update on his audit of the MTA.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

New Yorkers’ Favorite Foods

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Steve Jenkins, grocer extraordinaire at Fairway, tells us what kinds of food appeal most to New Yorkers, and how he keeps one of the best-known grocery stores in New York running smoothly. His new book is The Food Life.

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WNYC News

Fiscal Challenges Ahead for New York

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Governor Paterson will address New Yorkers directly this evening about the state’s finances. Whatever he says, the news probably won’t be good. We’re looking at a $5 billion deficit next year - and swiftly declining tax revenues - as Wall Street reels from the housing ...

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Guns into Guitars

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Yesterday, we brought you a story about the strained political discourse among Colombian immigrants from the left and right.

Colombians Debate Politics With Difficulty

This morning, we talk with a young man who manages to denounce violence in Colombia without getting caught up ...

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WNYC News

Subway Service Getting Worse

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Subway service is getting worse, according to The Straphangers Campaign's annual report card.

Gene Russianoff of the riders' advocacy group says, according to New York City Transit's own data, from 2006 to 2007 trains traveled 4.5 percent fewer miles between breakdowns. The report shows ...

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Comptroller: NYC Budget Gaps Widening

Monday, July 28, 2008

New York City's comptroller will deliver bad economic news to the Financial Control Board today. William Thompson is expected to tell the board that the city's future budget gaps will be larger than anticipated.

Thompson projects that the city's debt will grow by more than 7 ...

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WNYC News

Sharpton Rejects Plea Deal in Disorderly Conduct Case

Monday, July 28, 2008

The Rev. Al Sharpton rejected a non-jail plea offer today and instead will go to trial in September on a disorderly conduct charge related to protest demonstrations over the fatal shooting of an unarmed man on his wedding day.

Sharpton turned down an offer to plead ...

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WNYC News

Hard Economic Times Mean Shortfalls for City and State

Monday, July 28, 2008

With a looming budget shortfall next year of $2.3 billion, Mayor Bloomberg says the city must keep spending in check. He and other officials testified this morning at a meeting of the Financial Control Board, which was set up in the 1970s when New York ...

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Starrett City Tenants Praise Housing Relief Bill

Monday, July 28, 2008

Tenants of Starrett City in Brooklyn are praising the federal housing relief bill, which needs only President Bush's expected signature to become law. The legislation focuses mainly on alleviating the foreclosure crisis, but it also extends government subsidies for the sprawling complex on Jamaica Bay ...

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WNYC News

Deadly Rip-Tides Claim Lives at Area Beaches

Monday, July 28, 2008

Deadly rip-tides off city and Long Island beaches this weekend claimed the lives of at least four people with three more still missing. Rescuers suspended their search yesterday for 10-year-old Akira Johnson who disappeared off Coney Island Saturday afternoon.

Still missing since Friday are a teenager ...

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WNYC News

State and City Officials Praise Federal Housing Bill

Friday, July 25, 2008

Housing officials say the federal housing bill poised to become law will help address more than just New York's foreclosure crisis. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

REPORTER: About $4 billion will be distributed nationwide to help localities buy and renovate foreclosed properties. The money will go to ...

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Studies Find Health of Hudson River is Mixed

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Two new studies look at the health of the Hudson River, and have found mixed results. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: Scientists at SUNY-Stony Brook analysed concentrations of methyl mercury in Hudson River fish bellies. They found today's levels are two to three times lower ...

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WNYC News

NY Sues Banking Giant UBS

Thursday, July 24, 2008

New York is suing banking giant UBS for fraud, saying the company promoted auction-rate securities to its clients, even as the $330 billion ARS market was collapsing last fall.

REPORTER: Eric Corngold is a deputy with State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, and says bank executives were ...

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Subway Riders Face One-Two Punch

Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority formally presented its proposed 2009 budget yesterday. It would raise tolls and fares by 8 percent starting next July, followed by another 5 percent hike in January of 2011. But that meeting was just the first step on a long journey. ...

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Spitzer Adminsitration Broke Law with "Travelgate"

Thursday, July 24, 2008

New York's Public Integrity Commission says four members of former governor Eliot Spitzer's administration broke the law when they compiled travel records on former State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno. Karen DeWitt has more.

REPORTER: Commission spokesman Walter Aires says the probe took a full year ...

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MTA Budget Proposes 8 Percent Fare Hike

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

MTA Executive Director Lee Sander presented the MTA board with his proposal to ask the state, city and riders for more money next year.

REPORTER: The proposal would include an 8 percent fare and toll hike and $300 million from city and state budgets.

For the most ...

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WNYC News

Gov. Orders Environmental Review of Gas Drilling

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Governor David Paterson has addressed growing public concerns about an expected boom in gas drilling in upstate New York by ordering a full environmental review.

The move was announced as the governor signed into law a measure to simplify the permit application for energy companies seeking ...

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Queens Garment Factory Cheated Workers Out of Millions

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

State officials say a New York City garment manufacturer that made clothing for Macy's, the Gap and other retailers cheated more than 100 workers out of a fair wage.

REPORTER: Factory workers allegedly put in 12-hour days, six or seven days a week, but weren't paid ...

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China Protest Disrupts Today Show

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Holding picket signs and chanting, critics of the Chinese government tried to disrupt broadcast of "The Today Show" this morning.

REPORTER: Jodi Jacobson, director of the American Jewish World Service, said her group wanted to bring attention to the dwindling media coverage of China's relationship to ...

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