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Rent Hikes Approved for NYC's Rent Regulated Apartments

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Tenants living in the city's 1-million rent-regulated apartments should prepare to see their monthly bills go up. The Rent Guidelines Board approved a preliminary series of rent hikes - between two and four percent for one year leases, and four to six percent hikes for ...

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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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More Layoffs at the MTA

Thursday, May 06, 2010

The MTA is announcing even more cuts. Another 1,000 positions will be eliminated. Spokesman Aaron Donovan said layoffs are likely, though the exact number isn't known. New York City Transit is cutting 116 cleaning jobs -- meaning that subway cars that once were cleaned at ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Lindsay Years

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent for the New York Times, and editor of America’s Mayor: John V. Lindsay and the Reinvention of New York, and Tom Casciato, director of the documentary "Fun City Revisited: The Lindsay Years," discuss the controversial legacy of John V. Lindsay, who became mayor of ...

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Decisive Actions

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Director Tom Casciato and New York Times urban affairs correspondent Sam Roberts talk about the controversial legacy of New York Mayor John Lindsay. Then, Wes Moore, a former Rhodes scholar who discovered someone with the same name and who grew up in the same town, but whose life turned out ...

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WNYC News

Bomb Suspect Waives Right to Speedy Arraignment

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Terror suspect Faisal Shahzad has waived his right to a speedy arraignment. That means it could be a while before Shazad sees a judge for the first time. The decision could have legal costs for Shahzad -- and legal benefits.

Federal prosecutors first announced Shahzad ...

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Mixed Reactions From NY's Pakistani Community

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Members of the city's Pakistani community are reacting to the news that the suspect arrested in Saturday night's failed car bombing in Times Square was originally from Pakistan. WNYC's Habiba Nosheen spent some time in Midwood, Brooklyn yesterday, and joins us now.

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Times Square Car Bomb Suspect Update

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

We’ll get the latest on the capture of the Times Square car bomber suspect from WNYC’s Bob Hennelly.

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State Senate Lifts Cap on Charters; Assembly Still Noncommittal

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

New York's state Senate passed a bill Monday that will allow more charter schools, but it doesn't mean the Assembly will do the same.

State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver doesn't like to be pressured. When reporters asked if his chamber would pass the same bill the ...

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In Case of Emergency, Is Times Sq. Ready?

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

For the hundreds of stores, hotels, companies and theaters that populate Times Square, Saturday's failed car bombing raises the question - are businesses prepared to deal with a real emergency in the middle of one the busiest districts in the world?

Tim Tompkins is president of ...

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Report: NYS Routinely Overpays Hospitals

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

A new report suggests New York routinely overpays hospitals for various medical procedures. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's office looked at how much the state Health Department and the Medicaid system pay when hospitals release and then re-admit patients.

DiNapoli says New York should emulate New Jersey, ...

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Man on Video Sought After Times Sq. Bomb Plot Fails

Monday, May 03, 2010

The city could breathe a passing sigh of relief, as the NYPD bomb squad disabled an improvised explosive device in a parked SUV in Times Square over the weekend. Now police are trying to track down the person who left the rigged vehicle with the ...

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As a Hospital Falls, a Fabled Building Is Saved

Monday, May 03, 2010

The demise of Saint Vincent's hospital means that at least one part of its real estate portfolio will be saved: the fabled O'Toole building -- a white scalloped 1960s-era low-rise on Seventh Avenue.

The hospital won special dispensation last year to demolish O'Toole, even though ...

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Paterson Announces $9 Million Grant for Lenox Hill Hospital

Monday, April 26, 2010

A Manhattan-based hospital is receiving a multi-million dollar grant to operate an "urgent care center" at the site of the financially troubled St. Vincents Hospital. Lenox Hill Hospital will receive $9 million from New York State to operate the center 24 hours a day, seven ...

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Groups Question Deputy Mayor's Role at Bloomberg Foundation

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Two good government groups have filed a complaint with a city ethics panel about a Bloomberg administration official running the mayor's philanthropy. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Common Cause and NYPIRG say it violates the City Charter for Deputy Mayor Patricia Harris's to hold down ...

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Bloomberg's Sustainability Chief Talks About PlaNYC

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says 51 of 127 goals of his ambitious PlaNYC to reduce carbon emissions have been achieved, and 21 "nearly achieved." But several aren’t what he’d hoped, including his plan to charge drivers to enter parts of Manhattan during the day ...

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City Agrees to Shut the 'Rubber Rooms'

Friday, April 16, 2010

The city’s infamous rubber rooms will close by the end of December. Suspended teachers accused of incompetence or misconduct will no longer report for duty to these reassignment centers, where they collect pay and do nothing. Instead they’ll work in Department of Education offices while ...

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City Will Appeal 9/11 Settlement Ruling

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The city is appealing a federal judge’s ruling last month in the case of World Trade Center responders and workers. The city and attorneys for about 10,000 plaintiffs proposed a settlement that could be worth more than $650 million. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein said that ...

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NYC to Close "Rubber Rooms"

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The city and the teachers' union have announced an agreement to end the temporary reassignment centers for suspended teachers known as rubber rooms.

Under the new agreement most teachers accused of misconduct or incompetence will be assigned to perform administrative work in Department of Education offices ...

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Imam Linked to Zazi Ordered to Leave U.S.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Queens imam Ahmad Afzali has been ordered to leave the country in 90 days after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI.

Afzali, who was born in Afghanistan, was linked last September to Najibullah Zazi, the Denver airport driver who plotted to blow up bombs on ...

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