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Bloomberg: State Cuts Would Force City Layoffs

Monday, January 25, 2010

Mayor Bloomberg goes to Albany today to urge lawmakers to restore proposed cuts in state aid to the city's budget. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Bloomberg says, if Governor Paterson's proposal to cut hundreds of millions of dollars in municipal aid is allowed to pass, ...

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Natural Gas Rallies in Albany

Monday, January 25, 2010

A geological formation that was virtually unknown a few years ago is the cause of two opposing demonstrations in Albany this morning.

Environmental groups are rallying against a state plan to allow natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale, which extends across of much of upstate ...

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NY Haitians Line Up for Temporary Working Papers

Friday, January 22, 2010

Haitians who are in the United States illegally can now apply for temporary legal papers unless past criminal convictions disqualify them. As WNYC's Marianne McCune tells us, local immigrant attorneys and advocates are already busy with applicants.

REPORTER: In Brooklyn, just hours after the new opportunity ...

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Paterson Says Drumbeat for Him to Exit Race Smacks of "Orchestration"

Friday, January 22, 2010

Gov. David Paterson says despite growing calls for him to not seek a full term he’s staying in the race.

Republican Scott Brown's upset win in the Massachusetts Senate race has led to a drumbeat of Democrats calling for Paterson, who is underfunded and struggling with ...

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Bloomberg Outlines Priorities in State of the City Address

Thursday, January 21, 2010

In his ninth State of the City address, Mayor Bloomberg laid out his priorities for his third term. The agenda was crafted in a time of budget austerity and it did not involve any big-ticket items. But in the 45-minute speech the mayor tried to ...

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NY Legislature Passes Ethics Reform

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The New York State legislature has approved an ethics reform package but the bills don't go as far as Governor Paterson would like. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: The bill strenghtens the notoriously weak legislative ethics commission, requires greater disclosure of lawmakers outside income, ...

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No Legislative Compromise Over Charter Schools

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

New York's chance of winning up to $700 million in education aid from the federal Race to the Top program appears to have hit a road block. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Race to the Top aims to reward states that commit to education reforms ...

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Paterson Proposes $134b Budget With Cuts, New Taxes

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Saying that this is "not a budget of choice, but of necessity", Paterson proposes closing a $7.4 billion gap by cutting school aid, health care and state agencies by more than one billion dollars each.

"Our revenues have crumbled, and our budget has crashed," said Paterson. ...

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Paterson Proposes Tax on Sugared Beverages

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Governor Paterson wants to cut a billion dollars from Medicaid, the state’s largest expenditure. But as WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports, he also wants to raise money with a tax that some will find hard to swallow.

REPORTER: When Paterson was in a budget crisis last year, ...

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Paterson Proposes Small Fixes to Raise Funds

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Gov. David Paterson says he has some small ways to raise funds for the state. These include boosting alcohol sales, expanding gambling, and allowing Ultimate fighting matches in New York.

The governor says New York could raise an additional $140 million by simply changing some of ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Albany Budget, Ethics, and Education

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Governor Paterson unveils his new budget today as the conversation about ethics reform, education funding, and the fate of embattled state Senator Hiram Monserrate continues. NYS Senator Eric Schneiderman (D-Manhattan and Bronx) offers his take.

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Paterson Budget Proposal Boosts Aid for Student MetroCards

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The governor's budget proposal does include an increase in aid for free Metrocards for students. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: Albany slashed the money it contributes for free student MetroCards last year, first from $45 million to $25 million, then down to $6 million. Paterson's ...

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Students Want State to Keep Metrocards Free

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

When Governor Paterson unveils his spending plan for 2010-2011 today, he may have important news for roughly 600,000 New York City school kids. The MTA is threatening to do away with free Metrocards for students because of diminishing state aid. Callie Richards, a sophomore at ...

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Paterson to Propose Aid Cuts

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Governor Paterson presents his 2010-2011 budget in Albany this morning. WNYC's Ilya Marritz reports austerity remains the name of the game.

REPORTER: For the last three months of this fiscal year, the state faces a cash shortfall of $3 million.

And there's more agony in store for ...

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With Phones Down, Local Haitians Struggle to Reach Loved Ones

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

There are tens of thousands of Haitians in and around New York and many have been desperately trying to reach their parents or children or sisters and brothers in Port-au-Prince since the earthquake hit there at 5 o'clock last night. WNYC's Marianne McCune spent the ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Harold Ford Driving the Conversation

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The 2010 Senate race field may get more crowded with Harold Ford, Jr. "strongly considering" challenging Kirsten Gillibrand in the Democratic primary. Liz Benjamin of the Daily News breaks down the latest.

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Attn Cardholders: Watch Your Mailbox

Monday, January 11, 2010

Credit card holders should keep an eye on their mailboxes this week.

REPORTER: According to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, any last-minute interest-rate hikes on existing credit card balances should've gone out by January 7, at the latest. That's because of the new CARD Act, which goes into ...

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Sizing Up the Obstacles Facing New York State Democrats

Monday, January 11, 2010

Former Gov. Mario Cuomo was just one of several well-known Democrats at a party yesterday for supporters of Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. The event drew hundreds of party activists, Democratic House Members and other elected officials including Senator Charles Schumer and comptroller Thomas Di ...

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Paterson Says He Has the Funds to Run for Re-Election

Monday, January 11, 2010

Governor David Paterson says he's raised enough money to run for governor, despite reports that potential rival Andrew Cuomo may have raised millions more.

Campaign contribution filings are not required to be made public until January 15, but Governor Paterson is already saying he'll raise enough ...

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Paterson Has New Proposals for Tackling the Budget Deficit

Monday, January 11, 2010

Governor Paterson says he'll stick to a self-imposed cap on state spending when he releases his budget this month, and even promises to generate a surplus that can be given back to New Yorkers in the form a property tax credit. But the governor is ...

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