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State Lawmakers Approve Third Budget Extender

Monday, April 19, 2010

Lawmakers have approved a third round of budget extenders to keep New York State, but not without some complaints.

Lawmakers grumbled over the governor's latest round of austerity spending extenders, which exclude any state-funded road and bridge repair projects, saying construction workers are being kept out of ...

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Shrinking Housing Subsidies for the Homeless Raise Questions

Monday, April 19, 2010

Housing subsidies for homeless families are about to get less generous. Homeless advocates are skeptical about the change and so are brokers who rent apartments to low-income families. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez has more.

REPORTER: Right now the city covers most of the rent for homeless families ...

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Energy Companies Say Gas Drilling Can Help NYS Finances

Monday, April 19, 2010

The energy industry has a proposal to help New York State with its fiscal crisis. It's offering to lease state lands for natural gas drilling.

Gov. David Paterson has proposed closing dozens of state parks and historic sites to save money. But the energy industry says ...

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NY Lawmakers at Budget Standstill

Thursday, April 15, 2010

With the New York State budget now two weeks overdue, lawmakers have left Albany with no signs of reaching a spending agreement with the governor.

Gov. David Paterson asked legislators to extend their session through the weekend to try to wrap up budget discussions.

"It's gonna require a ...

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Five Firms Settle in AG's Pension Probe

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has obtained five more cash settlements in his probe of alleged corruption at the state pension fund. One of those settlements could increase the pressure on a prominent businessman with ties to the Democratic Party and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Steven Rattner founded ...

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Banks Disagree Over Plan On Principal Reduction

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

At least one big bank is expressing reservations about the Obama administration's plan to address rising foreclosures. Officials have been encouraging banks to go beyond what they've done so farand reduce the principal on home loans that are "underwater." David Lowman of JPMorgan Chase told ...

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Fraudulent Immigration Group Pays $1.2M to Former Clients

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

New York's Attorney General has shut down one of the state's largest providers of immigration services because it was defrauding customers.

The American Immigrant Federation (AIF) was charging exorbitant fees, giving misinformation, misfiling papers, and using non-lawyers. It had more than 20,000 clients.

It can be difficult ...

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Schools Fend for Selves as State Delays Payments

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

School districts in New York are taking their own emergency budget measures now that Governor Paterson has delayed their state aid. Karen DeWitt reports.

REPORTER: Paterson withheld a $2.1 billion school aid payment at the end of March saying the state does not have the money. ...

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Judge: Lawsuits Brought by Workers Beyond Ground Zero Can Proceed

Monday, April 12, 2010

The federal judge in the lawsuit of World Trade Center workers and first responders has cleared the way for additional cases to proceed.

Most of the attention has focused on rescuers and cleanup workers at the World Trade Center site, some of whom are sick, and ...

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Albany Targets Non-Native Wildlife

Monday, April 12, 2010

The increasing numbers of invader species, like the voracious northern snakehead fish, have given environmental officials a fright. WNYC's Ilya Marritz reports state regulators are now working on a plan to curb foreign plants and animals.

REPORTER: According to Steve Sanford of the Department of Environmental ...

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Paterson Withholds State Employee Raises

Friday, April 09, 2010

New York lawmakers are not happy with Governor Paterson’s latest emergency spending bill which holds back raises for state workers. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: State workers, under terms of their contracts agreed to with Governor Paterson, were supposed to receive a 4 percent raise ...

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Paterson to Issue Second Budget Extender

Thursday, April 08, 2010

With the New York State budget a week overdue Governor Paterson says he's issuing another round of emergency spending measures. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Paterson says, with no budget agreement in the foreseeable future, he's working on another bare bones budget extender to take ...

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Federal Panel Grills Former Citi Execs on Market Losses

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Yesterday a federal commission repeatedly pressed two former Citigroup executives asking them to accept some form of responsibility for the huge losses that the bank incurred in 2007 and 2008 resulting in a $45 billion taxpayer bailout. WNYC's Lisa Chow reports on the moment that ...

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Long Island Lighthouse Project Stalled

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Six months after giving a Long Island town an ultimatum, hockey team owner Charles Wang is no closer to building his massive housing complex called the Lighthouse at Long Island.

The project was supposed to bring city living to the middle of suburbia with 2,300 apartments ...

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Paterson Predicts Budget Will Be Late, Says Will OK Austerity Spending

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Governor Paterson says it looks like the state budget will once again be late. If that's the case, he'll have to take drastic steps to keep the state running after April 1st. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: Both the Assembly and Senate have now ...

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Court Rules Social Security Admin Unlawfully Cut Benefits

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A New York federal appeals court recently ruled that the Social Security Administration was cutting off people's benefits without sufficient proof that they had violated parole or probation. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

REPORTER: A provision in the 1996 welfare reform bill allows for the Social Security ...

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New Accusations in Paterson Aide Case

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Governor Paterson may have been much more closely involved in a top staffer's domestic violence case than previously reported.

Citing three sources with knowledge of Paterson's role, The New York Times reports that the governor personally helped draft a statement for the woman who accused his ...

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NY Students Show No Improvement in National Reading Test

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

New York students made no progress at all on last year's national reading test, despite big gains on their state exams.

Only 36 percent of the state's fourth graders were proficient in reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP. That's a far cry ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Drilling Upstate

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

We’ll look into the controversy over drilling for natural gas in Marcellus shale in Upstate New York, and discuss the challenges landowners face when deciding whether to lease their land to gas companies, the role of landowners coalitions, and how public officials are managing the drilling already occurring in their ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Drilling, Dancing, and FDR

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

On today’s show, we’ll hear from people upstate about what’s happening with drilling for natural gas in their area. Anne Bass director of the documentary film “Dancing Across Borders,” and Cambodian-born dancer Sokvannara Sar discuss his unlikely journey from Angkor Wat to the School of the American Ballet. Plus, we’ll ...

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