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NY Court Hears Lawsuit Challenging Public Defender System

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

New York's highest court heard arguments today in a lawsuit charging that the state is violating its constitutional duty to provide effective counsel to poor people accused of crimes.

The New York Civil Liberties Union filed the suit in 2007, and says overworked and under-trained lawyers ...

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After 19 Years, Released From Prison Under the Rockefeller Drug-Law Reforms

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Last year, New York State overhauled what many saw as the overly severe Rockefeller drug laws. The changes eliminated mandatory minimum sentences for most drug offenses, expanded drug treatment alternatives, and reduced some penalties. But what about the people still in prison under the old ...

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NYS Cuts Funding for Domestic Violence Programs

Monday, March 22, 2010

Advocates for domestic violence survivors say Governor Paterson is not only accused of trying to protect an aide who allegedly abused his girlfriend he is also cutting $3 million for programs that serve domestic violence victims. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports:

REPORTER: About half the money is ...

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NY Senate Democrats Offer $136B Budget

Monday, March 22, 2010

Senate Democrats have approved their version of the state budget. It includes deep spending cuts first proposed by Gov. David Paterson, but refrains from imposing taxes proposed by the governor, including those on soda pop and cigarettes.

The Senate Democrats’ proposal accepts many of the deep ...

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Immigrant Group Offended by Paterson Comment

Friday, March 19, 2010

On a radio show in New York, Governor Paterson made a surprising comment about immigration, when he responded to a caller on WOR complaining about the cost of educating immigrants who are living here illegally. WNYC's Marianne McCune reports.

REPORTER: Governor Paterson has in the past ...

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Puerto Rican Birth Certificates Will Be Null and Void

Friday, March 19, 2010

On July First, all Puerto Rican birth certificates will become invalid. U.S. officials say many fraudulent applications for U.S. passports and social benefits use Puerto Rican birth certificates so the Puerto Rican government is requiring every one born on the island to apply for new ...

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NY Lawmakers Challenge State Police Accountability

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The push to make the New York State Police more accountable as an agency is gaining steam. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Under legislation now pending in Albany the State Police Superintendent, like the Director of the FBI, would serve for a ten year term ...

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Monserrate Loses Bid to Keep Senate Seat

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Hiram Monserrate, who was expelled from the state senate, has lost his bid to get his seat back. He lost to Democratic Assemblyman Jose Peralta in a special election in Queens last night. WNYC's Ailsa Chang reports.

REPORTER: It wasn't even close. The unofficial returns gave ...

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Plaintiffs Weigh Options in WTC Settlement

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The federal judge in a large settlement with World Trade Center workers wants to hear more from the attorneys later this week and from individual workers with health problems at a hearing next month. In the meantime, legal experts warn dissatisfied plaintiffs not to reject ...

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Paterson Signs Health Bill But Still Wrangles Over Budget

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Gov. David Paterson signed into law reforms that will make it easier for New Yorkers to make end of life decisions for their loved ones.

The governor says the new law gives close friends or family members the legal authority to make medical treatment decisions when ...

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Cuomo Appoints Kaye as Independent Counsel in Paterson Probes

Friday, March 12, 2010

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has appointed former Court of Appeals Chief Judge Judith Kaye as an independent counsel to oversee two criminal investigations into the Paterson Administration. One concerns allegations that Governor Paterson participated in a cover up of a domestic violence incident concerning a ...

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Guilty Plea in NYS Pension Scandal

Thursday, March 11, 2010

There's been a guilty plea from a key figure in Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's ongoing investigation into pension fund corruption. WNYC's Lisa Chow reports.

REPORTER: David Loglisci managed the pension fund's investments from 2003 to 2007. Yesterday he admitted to helping direct hundreds of millions of ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Hard To Count

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Brian Lehrer Show “10 Questions that Count” census project kicks off with a conversation co-produced with Feet in Two Worlds. Turns out, New Yorkers are particularly hard-to-count: today’s guests explore why and what’s being done to reach local immigrant populations. Plus, an interactive look at some ...

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Soda Tax Ad War Hits TV Airwaves

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Opponents of a proposed sugary beverage tax are escalating their fight against Governor Paterson. WNYC's Fred Mogul reports on the brewing ad war and the political fight ahead for the tax.

REPORTER: The American Beverage Association, a powerful trade group, launched both national and local TV ...

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Lt. Gov. Ravitch Working on State Borrowing Bailout Plan

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Lieutenant Gov. Richard Ravitch has been quietly presenting a plan to state lawmakers to have New York borrow its way out of severe multi-billion dollar budget shortfalls predicted for the next several years.

The plan, according to legislative leaders who have been briefed on some of ...

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Paterson Recuses Himself From Rasino Development Project

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

A controversial plan to develop a casino at the Aqueduct Racetrack has hit some new hurdles. Two high-profile investors, rapper Jay-Z and Reverend Floyd Flake, have exited the partnership. And Gov. David Paterson has withdrawn from negotiations with the developer, Aqueduct Entertainment Group. Paterson initially ...

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Paterson May Delay Tax Refunds

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

While the ups and downs of Governor Paterson's tenure may command the headlines, legislative leaders say they're trying to avert a budgetary train wreck in Albany. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: The vice chair of the state's Senate Finance Committee, Liz Krueger, says to grasp ...

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New York Politics: Rangel, Ford, Paterson

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Senior editor at the Village Voice, Wayne Barrett, talks about Charles Rangel's stepping down as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee; the shifting field of candidates for the New York's Senate seat; and the continuing shake up in Albany.

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Religious Groups Endorse Monserrate

Monday, March 01, 2010

Religious leaders in Queens have pledged their support for Hiram Monserrate in the special election to fill the expelled State Senator's seat on March 16.

They say they appreciate Monserrate's vote against gay marriage last year. One local leader, Rev. Gilbert Pickett says he applauds Monserrate ...

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JFK Airport to Close Busiest Runway For Repairs

Friday, February 26, 2010

An airport bottleneck is about to get tighter, as one of the busiest runways in the country shuts down for four months of repair, starting next Monday. The runway is at John F. Kennedy International Airport, which handles more than 40 million passengers every year. ...

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