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Bloomberg Plans Cuts to Libraries

Monday, May 31, 2010

As New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council negotiate next year's budget, advocates are raising the alarm about deep cuts to libraries. Mayor Bloomberg's spending plan would reduce aid to libraries by $74 million.

The Queens Borough Public Library says it ...

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Paterson Bill Would Open Parks, But at a Cost

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Gov. David Paterson's proposal to keep all New York's 213 parks and historic sites funded and open starting Memorial Day weekend has hit resistance from lawmakers and environmentalists because it's embedded in a broader measure to reduce dedicated environmental spending.

Paterson initially said the bill would ...

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NYC Releases New Numbers in Taxi Overcharging Scam

Monday, May 24, 2010

New York City released new figures today in the ongoing taxi overcharging scam, showing that 45 drivers overcharged passengers more than a thousand times each. The No. 1 offender overcharged passengers 4,683 times, according to the Taxi and Limousine Commission.

Some 600 of the worst offenders ...

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Lenox Hill Partners With North Shore LIJ

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The state's largest hospital network has grown a little bigger. Struggling Lenox Hill Hospital on the Upper East Side will join Northshore-Long Island Jewish.

The now 15-hospital Northshore network has been moving steadily west from Nassau County to Queens and Staten Island. Acquiring Lennox Hill gives ...

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Taxi Forum: Out From Behind the Wheel

Thursday, May 20, 2010

This March, New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission announced that more than 35,000 cab drivers, about three-quarters of New York City’s licensed taxi drivers, may have been involved in a scam to defraud passengers by charging them an out-of-town rate for in-town service.

The TLC’s ...

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Paterson Takes Another Pass at Soda Tax

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Gov. David Paterson wants to eliminate sales tax on bottled water and low-calorie drink. He's hoping the proposal will sweeten the soda tax he wants lawmakers to pass -- and that the legislature and the beverage industry have found hard to swallow.

The latest proposal would ...

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Duncan Pushes for More State Education Aid

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

US Education Secretary Arne Duncan is putting the heat on Albany. He was in Brooklyn yesterday to tour several schools, including a privately managed charter school with high test scores. With Mayor Bloomberg at his side, he called on states to allow good charter schools ...

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New York Parks Now On Most Endangered Historic Places List

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

New York's parks now have the dubious distinction of a listing on a national preservation group’s register of endangered sites. That’s due to the closings of several dozen parks and historic sites by Gov. David Paterson because of the state's budget crisis.

Wendy Nicholas with the National ...

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Terror Suspect Shahzad Appears in Court, Briefly

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Faisal Shahzad, the man accused of driving a car bomb into Times Square, appeared in court Tuesday for the first time since his May 3 arrest.

He walked in quietly dressed in a grey sweatshirt and sweatpants. His hair was a bit longer than it has ...

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White House Officials Say New York is Not Losing Anti-Terror Funds

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Obama administration, countering criticism from lawmakers, says federal anti-terror funding for New York City's mass transit and port security is actually going up, not down.

A White House spokesman says the city has seen a net increase of $47 million for port and transit ...

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Paid Sick Leave Has Ample Support in City Council

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Should New York go the way of San Francisco and Washington DC: cities that require employers to provide paid sick leave? A City Council committee is weighing that question. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: In hearings Tuesday, most council members sounded sympathetic to the labor ...

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Transportation Nation

How Americans Decide to (Not) Use Transit

Monday, May 10, 2010

The nation has gone through dramatic demographic and economic change over the last 10 years, in what history may end up calling the "lost decade" because jobs and economic change didn't keep pace.  That loss is coming home to roost now, says the Brookings Institution, which has turned its gaze and powers of analysis to The State of Metropolitan America.  One focus is on commuting, where the latest Census data and research points to a small drop in the number of people driving alone to work.  There is also a stark illustration of transit use: in only two major U.S. do more than one-quarter of residents do something besides drive to work alone (they are SF and NYC).

Today on The Takeaway, Bruce Katz, the Director of Brookings' Metropolitan Policy Program, shares his findings.  Among them, "if we keep building out low-density sprawl -- subsidized, frankly by government -- people won't choose a (transit) option."  Steve Dutch, Professor of Applied and Natural Sciences at the University of Wisconsin Green-Bay shares his research and views on why people don't use mass transitMore.

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Cause of Ferry Crash Still Undetermined

Monday, May 10, 2010

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board say they still cannot determine what caused a Staten Island ferry to slam into a pier Saturday morning, injuring nearly 40 passengers. WNYC's Ailsa Chang has more.

REPORTER: Board member Robert Sumwalt said right now, they're not ruling anything ...

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Debate Over Paid Sick Leave Intesifies

Monday, May 10, 2010

This week the debate intensifies over paid sick leave, As the city council considers a bill to require even small businesses to pay their employees who stay home when they have health problems. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: On one side of the debate, the ...

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Holder Claims Link Between Times Square Bomb, Pakistani Taliban

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Speaking Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and ABC’s “This Week,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said last Saturday's failed car bombing attempt in New York City’s Times Square was orchestrated by the Pakistani Taliban. Holder said mounting evidence shows that the group directed, facilitated ...

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Thousands of NYC Teachers Could Face Layoffs

Friday, May 07, 2010

Mayor Bloomberg's proposed budget also calls for cutting thousands of teaching positions. But as WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, the mayor and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein are also trying to use the power-of-the-purse, to reform the whole teachers union seniority system.

REPORTER: Chancellor Klein sent a memo ...

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Joe Bruno, Humbled but Unrepentant

Friday, May 07, 2010

Former New York State Senator, and Senate Majority Leader for over a decade, Joe Bruno has been sentenced to two years in prison on corruption charges. He was convicted last year.

Jim Odato, a reporter with the Albany Times Union, has been following Bruno's career for ...

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Cuts Across the Board in Bloomberg's Budget Plan

Friday, May 07, 2010

In his new budget for the coming fiscal year, Mayor Bloomberg is proposing major cuts across-the-board: lay-offs for thousands of teachers, closures for dozens of senior centers and firehouses, reduced hours for libraries and more. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this report.

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg laid out ...

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The Takeaway

An NYC Bomber Still Uncaught

Thursday, May 06, 2010

While we're all celebrating the capture of the alleged would-be Times Square bomber, there's story of another bomber that has been lost in the mix. This bomber successfully detonated a bomber in Times Square, in front of an army recruiting station back in 2008. He is also suspected of setting off explosives in front of the U.K. and Mexican Consulates in New York City. Why has this man not been caught? WNYC's Bob Hennelly has been following this story and knows the answer.

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Recent High-Profile Explosions in Manhattan Remain Unsolved

Thursday, May 06, 2010

The attempted bombing of Times Square has sparked a debate about how best to protect the city and the nation. The investigation has led to the arrest of Faisal Shahzad, but there have been several cases in recent years, where bombs actually went off in ...

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