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State Senate Votes to Expel Monserrate

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The state Senate on Tuesday voted to expel Sen. Hiram Monserrate following his conviction last year for assaulting his girlfriend. The Senate motion passed 53-to-8.

Monserrate has vowed to fight the chamber in court, saying the state constitution has no provision for expelling its own. Monserrate ...

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Feds Indict Councilman Seabrook on Multiple Corruption Charges

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

On the same day that the New York State Senate voted to expel one of its members for a misdemeanor conviction, the City Council was coping with how to deal with the federal indictment of one of their own, Bronx Councilman Larry Seabrook. WNYC's Bob ...

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Gambling on Casinos

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Gaming plays into the biggest budget and political stories on both sides of the Hudson. Ken Lovett, Albany bureau chief for the Daily News and WNYC's Bob Hennelly discuss the controversy over the bidding process for the Aqueduct racino to the financial hit New Jersey is taking as revenues drop ...

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NY Senate to Vote on Monserrate's Expulsion

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

The State Senate will likely vote today on whether to expel Senator Hiram Monserrate who was convicted of a misdemeanor for assaulting his girlfriend. WNYC's Ailsa Chang talked to Monserrate's lawyers who say Monserrate's pending appeal of that assault conviction is one reason the Senate ...

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Small Biz Owners Line Up for Loans

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

After record profits for Wall Street in 2009, the Obama administration is making Main Street and small businesses a focus in 2010. In downtown Manhattan, there was a government-sponsored matchmaking event for small businesses and banks. WNYC's Ilya Marritz reports there was attraction, if not ...

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Proposed Changes in Payroll Tax Aimed to Help MTA

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Governor Paterson says New York City employers have to come to the MTA's rescue once again. He wants to increase the payroll tax imposed last year, but not for everyone. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The new payroll tax was supposed to provide a more ...

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Report: NY Misspent Education Stimulus Funds

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

According to a new report presented this week at Teachers College, several states including New York failed to use stimulus dollars effectively in supporting public education. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The study examined how the stimulus funds were used by 11 states including New ...

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Paterson Denounces Rumors

Monday, February 08, 2010

Governor Paterson came out swinging at the media today for advancing what he says are false allegations about extra-marital affairs and illegal drug use. A Paterson spokesperson says the governor thinks reporters and politicians have hit new lows and that the media accounts are based ...

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Senate to Vote: Censure or Expulsion for Sen. Monserrate

Monday, February 08, 2010

New York's State Senate expects to vote tomorrow on whether Senator Hiram Monserrate should be censured or expelled from office. The Queens Democrat was convicted of a misdemeanor last year for recklessly assaulting his girlfriend, and a special senate committee said his conduct since that ...

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Explosion at Middletown, CT Power Plant Kills 5

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Officials say all workers at a power plant in Conn. that exploded yesterday have been accounted for. Five people died, and more than two dozen were injured.

Middletown Mayor Sebastian Giuliano says 25 people were at the Kleen Energy Systems plant at the time of the ...

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State Liquor Authority Vows Reform

Friday, February 05, 2010

The new chair of the New York State Liquor Authority is vowing to improve his organization. Dennis Rosen made the case last night at a "nightlife forum" on the Lower East Side. WNYC's Kathleen Horan reports on Rosen's first meeting with the general public since ...

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Governor Vetoes Ethics Bill, Says It Does Not Go Far Enough

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Gov. David Paterson vetoed the legislature's package of ethics reform, saying it "does not go far enough in addressing the corrosive effects of outside influence and internal decay," that he says plagues "Planet Albany".

Earlier in the day, the governor spoke of his concerns about the ...

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Trustee of Madoff's Estate Sued by Victims

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Thousands of investors who lost their savings with Bernard Madoff have a case before a U.S. bankruptcy court judge this morning. As WNYC's Ilya Marritz tells us, the investors want the court-appointed trustee of the Madoff estate, Irving Piccard, to award them up to $500,000 ...

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State Official Says Gas Drilling Unlikely to Contaminate Drinking Water

Monday, February 01, 2010

New York State's top official for the environment says allowing gas drilling near upstate reservoirs is unlikely to contaminate drinking water. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: A serious spill is the nightmare of the Bloomberg administration. But Pete Grannis, the Commissioner of Environmental Conservation, says ...

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State Agency May Help Save Failed Condos

Monday, February 01, 2010

The State of New York Mortgage Agency says it could potentially insure dozens of mortgages so failed condo projects can convert to apartment rentals. As WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports, that has kept one project in Brooklyn from blighting a neighborhood.

REPORTER: A144 unit building in Bushwick ...

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NYC Panel Proposes Enviro-Friendly Building Code

Monday, February 01, 2010

A city task force has come up with 111 recommendations on making the city's building code greener. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more. REPORTER: The task force says this is the most comprehensive review of green building codes for any city and would apply to all ...

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Many Caregivers Unaware of Available Resources

Sunday, January 31, 2010

In New York, social service providers say grandparents and other relatives who care for children are not taking advantage of the resources available to them. At a town hall meeting in Flatbush, Brooklyn this week, they urged more than a hundred non-parent caregivers in attendance ...

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NY to Get $151m in Fed Grant for Rail Improvements

Thursday, January 28, 2010

New York is getting 151 million dollars as part of a package of high-speed rail grants President Obama is unveiling today. But New Yorkers shouldn't expect bullet trains anytime soon. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein explains.

REPORTER: California is getting 2 billion dollars, Florida well over 1 billion, ...

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Comptroller Chat

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

New York City Comptroller John Liu looks at the state and city budgets and what can be done to fix the fiscal crisis.

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Quake Aftermath Complicates Adoptions in Haiti

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The U.S. government has promised to expedite immigration papers for Haitian children who were already in the process of being adopted, but some adoptive parents are learning "expedited" does not mean easy. WNYC’s Marianne McCune has more.

REPORTER: Yves-Merry Telemaque headed to Florida on Friday expecting ...

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