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MTA Appoints Managers for Subway Lines

Monday, October 27, 2008

New York City Transit is putting one individual in charge of each of its numbered lines to increase accountability, and hopefully, customer satisfaction.

The transit agency named new line managers that will be in charge of the 1,2,3,4,5 and 6 lines. They are all experienced MTA ...

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Editorial Pages Back Dem Ticket

Monday, October 27, 2008

With the race to the White House in its final full week, newspapers in the metro area are doling out their endorsements for the candidates.

This weekend, six more New Jersey newspapers endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president, saying in editorials that he was the candidate ...

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Thruway Toll Hike Reconsidered

Friday, October 24, 2008

New York's State Comptroller says an audit of the state Thruway Authority has found that it’s difficult to determine whether a controversial toll hike is really justified. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: When the Thruway Authority announced a 10 percent toll hike, which took effect ...

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Aqueduct Casino Contract

Friday, October 24, 2008

Plans for a casino at the Aqueduct Race Track have been held up for years, but this week state senate leaders allowed a contract to move forward with a Buffalo-based firm. Betty Braton, head of the Ozone Park community board, says community members played a ...

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Term Limits and Lawsuits

Friday, October 24, 2008

The City Council may have voted, but an extension on term limits is expected to face more than one lawsuit. Civil liberties lawyer Norm Siegel is part of a group of lawyers studying a possible challenge based on either the Voting Rights Act, the 1st ...

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Activists Protest Hunters Point Housing

Friday, October 24, 2008

Dozens of community activists, clergy and regular people filled a small City Council hearing room today. Many of them criticized the Bloomberg Administration's proposal for Hunters Point South, a mixed-income housing complex planned for the Queens Waterfront.

About three-fifths of the 5,000 apartments are supposed to ...

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Lawyer of Governor's Aide Cites Depression for Delinquent Taxes

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Lawyers for Governor Paterson’s chief of staff say he suffered from a unique condition that prevented him from paying his taxes for four years. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

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Council Passes Bill to Extend Term Limits

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg's extraordinary effort to get the chance to run for a third term has passed the City Council, by a vote of 29 for, and 22 against. Today's vote comes a mere three weeks after Bloomberg, a billionaire, announced his intention to run for ...

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US, NY Probing Credit-Default Swap Market

Monday, October 20, 2008

Federal prosecutors and New York's attorney general are investigating the credit-default swap market. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan announced in a statement Monday that the office is working with state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in the probe. Cuomo's office did the same. The announcements came after ...

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Debating in the Bronx

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The presidential candidates held their last debate last night in Long Island and neither one had many surprises for the viewing public. One group of mostly second generation Dominicans and Puerto Rican 20-somethings gathered around the TV on the northwestern edge of the Bronx, hoping ...

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Advocacy Group Wants an Immigration Debate

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Immigration policy hasn't come up in any of the presidential debates so far. Some are hoping that will change tonight when Barack Obama and John McCain square off for the last time at Hofstra University.

Patrick Young from the Long Island Immigrant Alliance wants the candidates ...

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Bottoms Up: Brooklyn Brews Hop Obama Ale

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Are you ready for tonight's debate? Many are getting ready.

FEY: Oh and for those Joe Packs out there playing a drinking game at home, maverick!

That of course was Tina Fey doing her infamous impression of Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

People really are playing drinking games ...

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Rutgers Takes Pulse of Asian American Voters

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Asian Americans are one of the fastest growing segments of the national electorate and have a significant political presence in the New York-New Jersey area, according to a new Rutgers study.

The report's co-author Jane Junn says even though roughly 80 percent of the adults in ...

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Mayor Commends Quinn on Term Limit Decision

Monday, October 13, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg today praised the City Council speaker for supporting his bid to change the term limits law and run for a third term. After keeping her cards close to the vest for weeks, Christine Quinn announced yesterday her endorsement of the mayor's proposal. She ...

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New Yorkers Want a Say in Term Limit Vote

Monday, October 13, 2008

New Yorkers watching Mayor Bloomberg march by in the Columbus Day Parade greeted him with applause. But almost all say they oppose the Bloomberg's attempt to change the law that limits mayors to two terms. John Pizkatelli of Fresh Meadows, Queens, says the whole city ...

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New Yorkers React to Connecticut Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Now that Connecticut has legalized same sex marriage, New Yorkers are wondering if the Empire State could be next.

REPORTER: Governor Paterson has said he'd sign a gay marriage bill if the legislature sends him one. And with Democrats close to gaining control of the legislature ...

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NY is Northeast's Wind Capital

Friday, October 10, 2008

America’s wind energy boom has largely bypassed the densely populated Northeast. But the region’s trying to catch up. Recently, Maine issued more wind project permits than the rest of New England combined. Rhode Island’s getting in the game with a vow to generate 15 percent ...

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Patersons Prepares for 2010 Reelection

Friday, October 10, 2008

Governor Paterson has taken more steps this week toward an official campaign for a full term as governor.

REPORTER: He launched a web site called PatersonForNY.com with a link for campaign contributions. But he didn't make a formal announcement about seeking a full term.

While Paterson says ...

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Connecticut Overturns Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

Friday, October 10, 2008

Connecticut now joins Massachusetts and California as the only states to allow same-sex couples to marry.

The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled today 4-3 that same-sex couples have the right to marry there, saying Connecticut's civil unions law does not provide those couples with the same rights ...

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Governors Island Demolition

Friday, October 10, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg and other city officials are on Governors Island to begin the demolition of several buildings.

New York is knocking down 10 buildings that were built in 1988 as Coast Guard housing, to make way for new recreation space.

More than eight acres of new open ...

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