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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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CT AG Richard Blumenthal Will Run For Sen. Dodd's Seat

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal says he'll run for Senator Chris Dodd's seat, now that the Democrat has announced he won't seek re-election.

BLUMENTHAL: I look forward to being an advocate and a fighter as United States Senator, much as I have been as Attorney General.

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Gov. Paterson Gives State of the State Address Today

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Governor Paterson is expected to focus on ethics reform...during his State of the State address this afternoon. The speech comes during the state’s worst fiscal crisis in decades...and as the governor struggles to make a comeback for an election campaign. Karen DeWitt has more from ...

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Paterson Says NY Faces 'Winter of Reckoning'

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Saying New York is in a fight for its survival, Gov. David Paterson asked legislators to boldly reshape Albany in his State of the State speech this afternoon.

"This is a winter of reckoning, but I come here today not to replay old grievances, but ...

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Study Says Charters Outperform Public Schools

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Another study finds students in New York City charter schools are performing better on average than their peers in regular public schools. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Researchers at Stanford University compared students in 49 of the city's charter schools to control groups of kids ...

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NY Chases $700 million in Fed Ed Funds

Monday, January 04, 2010

New York is encouraging school districts to sign a plan this week that could help the state win hundreds of millions of dollars in federal education funding. WNYC's Beth Fertig reports.

REPORTER: The "Race to the Top" program has states competing for funds, based on their ...

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Newark Flyers Take Off After Security Scare

Monday, January 04, 2010

Airline passengers are boarding planes at Newark Liberty International Airport this morning after flights were grounded for hours last night when a man reportedly bypassed a security a checkpoint.

Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Ann Davis says the man walked down an exit lane at Terminal C, ...

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Schumer Wants Full Congressional Probe on Botched Terror Attack

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Senator Charles Schumer says there has to be a full Congressional investigation, as well as a White House inquiry, into how an alleged terrorist was allowed to board a Detroit-bound aircraft on Christmas day.

SCHUMER: If one person can nearly bring down a plane and came ...

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Decision on Monserrate's Senate Future Due Next Week

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A final report is due as early as next week from a special state Senate committee, convened to consider whether Senator Hiram Monserrate should be expelled or sanctioned. WNYC's Ailsa Chang reports.

REPORTER: For the last two months, nine senators have been combing through court documents ...

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Final Senate Hearing on Sen. Monserrate's Conviction

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Today is the fifth and likely last meeting of the special State Senate committee that will recommend whether Senator Hiram Monserrate should be expelled or sanctioned for his misdemeanor assault conviction last December.

Senator Eric Schneiderman, who heads the committee, says its members are reviewing a ...

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Bloomberg, Paterson Express Concern Over Healthcare Bill

Friday, December 25, 2009

As the state's Congressional delegation celebrates the Senate's passage of healthcare reform, Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Paterson continue to voice concerns. They say the bill as it's currently written will hurt the state by depriving it of hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid funds. ...

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NY Congressman: Final Health Care Bill Must Include Funding for Public Hospitals

Friday, December 25, 2009

Now that both houses of congress have successfully passed their own health care legislation, lawmakers must prepare for one more battle to merge the House and Senate bills.

New York Congressman Eliot Engel sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee, which deals with health care. He ...

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Political Showdown Over NYC Tap Water

Thursday, December 24, 2009

There's a showdown brewing between City Hall and Albany over tap water. WNYC's Ilya Marritz explains.

REPORTER: In September, state regulators offered a plan for natural gas drilling that included the area near New York City's reservoirs. The Bloomberg administration didn't say much - until yesterday ...

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Healthcare's Cost to NY

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

When healthcare reform takes effect, New York State will have to pick up more of the tab for Medicaid funding. Hon. Eliot Engel, Democratic congressman from the 17th district (parts of the Bronx, Westchester and Rockland counties) discusses what healthcare reform will cost New York and how ...

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Amtrak Back on Track, Delays Continue in New Jersey

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Trains between New York City and New Jersey were halted on one of the busiest travel days of the year, but service is restored. Amtrak officials say a low-voltage problem near North Bergen forced the railroad to stop trains coming in and out of Penn ...

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City Takes Stand Against Nat Gas Drilling

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Bloomberg administration says the state plan to allow natural gas drilling on land near upstate reservoirs poses "unacceptable risks" and the city is requesting it be withdrawn.

A scientific study just released by the Bloomberg administration details several nightmare scenarios if natural gas drilling is ...

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State Sets New Green Energy Goals

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Electricity will be greener, less wasteful, and cheaper under a new plan from a state board. WNYC's Ilya Marritz reports.

REPORTER: The 2009 State Energy Plan is supposed to guide all decisions agencies make about electricity over the next decade. In dozens of ways, it nudges ...

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WNYC Spends a Day with Gov. Paterson

Thursday, December 17, 2009

In 2007, the best case scenario for Lt. Gov. David Paterson was to pay his dues serving as Gov. Eliot Spitzer's second chair until Sen. Hillary Clinton won the presidency. Then, Paterson could take her place in the U.S. Senate. But thanks to the twists ...

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MTA Expected to Approve More Service Cuts Today

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

As Yogi Berra would have said, it's deja vu all over again. Just seven months ago state lawmakers said they had rescued the MTA from a crippling deficit and riders from steep fare hikes and severe service cuts. But Dale Hemmerdinger, who was MTA chairman ...

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