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State Educators File Lawsuit Against Gov. Paterson

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Education groups hoping to stop Gov. David Paterson's move to withhold payments to schools this month have filed a lawsuit. The state's school board, superintendents, and teachers union claim the governor has violated the constitutional separation of powers.

Kevin Casey with the School Administrators Association says ...

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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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Upswing in Tax Revenues Helps NYC Bear State Cuts

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Governor Paterson's move to freeze hundreds-of-millions of dollars in aid to local governments, comes as the Bloomberg Administration reports an upswing in local tax revenues. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Paterson's emergency budget move cost the City $84 million in expected education and municipal aid. ...

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New Law Expands Protection for Homeowners

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Gov. Paterson has signed a bill that expands protections for New Yorkers facing foreclosure. The measure requires 90 days notice for lenders to foreclose on all home loans, not just subprime mortgages. It also imposes new filing requirements on lenders, and establishes protections for tenants ...

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NYS Education Commissioner: Double the Limit on NYC Charters

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

State Education Commissioner David Steiner says it's time for the legislature to raise the limit on charter schools. He suggests the number could double, from 200 to 400.

But United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew says caution is needed, before creating more of the publicly-funded ...

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Report Finds Problems Plague State-run Juvenile Detention Centers

Monday, December 14, 2009

A report by a state task force recommended today that Gov. David Paterson close or significantly downsize state run juvenile detention facilities. A draft copy of the report obtained by WNYC, says the facilities are damaging young people and wasting taxpayer dollars.

Jeremy Travis, President ...

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Paterson to Withhold $750 Million in State Payments

Monday, December 14, 2009

Gov. David Paterson is unilaterally reducing $750 million in state payments due tomorrow, and schools are set to be hit the hardest.

The governor says the measures are needed because of the failure of the legislature to adequately address the $3.2 billion state deficit. With ...

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MTA Prepares to Slash Services

Monday, December 14, 2009

A plan to reduce bus and subway service cleared its first hurdle today. The finance committee of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved wide-ranging service reductions, from the elimination of the W and Z subway lines to canceling more than 20 bus routes. This is part ...

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Ethics Committee Considers Expelling Monserrate

Monday, December 14, 2009

A special New York Senate committee has one of its last meetings today to consider whether Senator Hiram Monserrate should be expelled for his misdemeanor conviction in October. WNYC's Ailsa Chang reports.

REPORTER: Monserrate was found guilty of recklessly injuring his girlfriend Karla Giraldo by dragging ...

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Paterson Barrels Ahead with Budget Cuts

Monday, December 14, 2009

Gov. David Paterson continues to defend his decision to withhold $750 million in state aid to schools and cities. Starting tomorrow the governor will hold back ten percent of state aid payments across the board, affecting not only schools, but local governments and the state's ...

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Public Authorities Required to Open Books to Audits

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Governor Paterson has signed a bill into law that will significantly change the way the State's 700 independent authorities operate. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this report.

The new law covers the MTA, the Thruway Authority and hundreds of smaller entities that have racked up more than ...

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Paterson Considers Cost-Cutting Options

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Governor Paterson says he'll take the weekend to look over his options before deciding which payments to postpone or curtail to prevent the state from running out of cash later this month. Karen DeWitt reports:

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Governor David Paterson on the Financial Crunch

Thursday, December 10, 2009

New York's financial health continues to worsen, and Governor David Paterson has delayed payments to counties, schools, local governments and non-profit service providers until things improve. He discusses the current fiscal crisis and his plans for recovery.

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Paterson Offers Pension Reforms to Balance Budget

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Future employees of the state of New York will get less generous retirement benefits, now that Gov. David Paterson signed into law a bill creating a new pension tier.

Paterson says the state can no longer afford to be as generous with pension benefits as it ...

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Battle Brews Over Gowanus Canal Clean-Up

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

After more than a century of abuse from the industries along its shores, a polluted waterway in Brooklyn may be on the brink of becoming a federal Superfund cleanup site. So why is the city fighting to stop this? WNYC's Amy Eddings explains.

To see pictures ...

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Bruno Convictions May Spur Ethics Reform in Albany

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Albany may approve ethics reforms, now that former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno has been convicted on federal corruption charges. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Senator Dan Squadron, a Democrat who's sponsoring ethics reform legislation, says the conviction of the former senate leader for hiding ...

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Locals Demand Living Wage for Jobs at Kingsbridge Armory

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

A City Council committee is set to vote this morning on the controversial plan to turn a former National Guard Armory in the Bronx into a shopping mall. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: City Council members say it's the closest fight over any real estate ...

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Bruno Says He'll Appeal Conviction

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Former New York Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno says he plans to appeal his conviction on two counts of federal corruption. A jury also found him not guilty of five other counts. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: The jury agreed with the prosecution on two ...

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Shortfall in MTA Revenues

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

The MTA is warning about new financial problems. The transportation authority says a new payroll tax on metropolitan-area businesses has generated less revenue than expected.

That's causing a $200-million hole in the MTA's operations budget - on top of a cut lawmakers made last week in ...

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NYC Public Hospitals Grapple With Cuts

Monday, December 07, 2009

Although New York lawmakers didn't trim the state's deficit as much as Governor Paterson would have liked, they still approved cutting about $200-million in healthcare spending.

LaRay Brown, with New York City's Health and Hospitals Corporation, says that will mean $8.4 million less for the city's ...

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