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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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Addabbo's "No" Vote on Marriage Equality

Friday, December 04, 2009

Eight democrats joined all 30 Republican New York State senators in defeating the same-sex marriage bill 24-38. Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-Queens), explains why he voted no.

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New Battle Over Paterson's Plan of Unilateral Budget Cuts

Friday, December 04, 2009

A new quarrel has opened up between Governor Paterson and state senate Democrats. They say his plan to unilaterally cut payments to schools and local governments this month is unconstitutional. Karen DeWitt reports.

REPORTER: Governor Paterson has wasted no opportunity to condemn the legislature's budget-balancing package ...

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Guilty Plea in NYS Pension Probe

Friday, December 04, 2009

An investment manager has pleaded guilty to bribing managers of New York State's pension fund, in order to get its business. Elliott Broidy, chairman of Markstone Capital Partners, made nearly $1 million in gifts to state workers and their families. WNYC's Lisa Chow reports.

REPORTER: New ...

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Environmental Groups Step Up Campaign Against Natural Gas Drilling

Friday, December 04, 2009

Environmental groups are stepping up their campaign against a controversial natural gas drilling technique, with their eye on a deadline for public comment at the an end of the month. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: State officials spent more than a year making plans to ...

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MTA Criticized for Countdown Clocks for Bus and Subway

Friday, December 04, 2009

An influential Long Island lawmaker is criticizing the MTA's decision to install countdown clocks throughout the bus and subway system. At a hearing yesterday on the authority's capital plan, State Senator Craig Johnson said he had a tough enough time voting for a new payroll ...

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Your Uncommon Economic Resolutions

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Urban planner Amy Schoeman follows up with us about her job hunt since she posted to Your Uncommon Economic Indicators about losing her job in Dubai.

Has the 2009 Recession made you wiser? Tell us your Economic Resolution for 2010!

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Bloomberg and Morgenthau Clash Over Settlement Funds

Thursday, December 03, 2009

A behind-the-scenes battle between the Bloomberg Administration and Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau is causing waves. The question is who should control tens of millions of dollars in criminal forfeitures and fine settlements.

City Hall says Morgenthau has improperly salted away more than $80 million in ...

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Reaction to Defeat of Marriage Equality in NYS

Thursday, December 03, 2009

A bill to legalize same-sex marriage hit the floor of the New York State Senate for the first time in history and was roundly rejected by a vote of 38-to-24. The margin was wider than many expected. Eight Democrats voted no, and not a single ...

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Healthcare Escapes Deep Cuts, But Paterson Vows Further Reductions

Thursday, December 03, 2009

While it falls short of what Governor Paterson was looking for, lawmakers did pass legislation that partially closes New York's $3.2 billion deficit.

The bill makes cuts totaling about $2.7 billion. But Governor Paterson says those cuts don't go far enough, and he says he'll have ...

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Senate Leaders: Much Work Ahead Before Marriage Equality

Thursday, December 03, 2009

A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in New York was defeated in the State Senate, 38-to-24, with no Republicans voting in favor of the measure. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: Supporters expressed bitter disappointment and the sponsor of the bill, Senator Tom Duane, said ...

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Albany Check-In

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

The Assembly passed a deficit reduction plan worth over $2.7 billion very early this morning, but Governor Paterson refuses to call it a "deal". Irene Liu, political writer at the Times Union and blogger for Capitol Confidential, discusses the negotiations going on in Albany.

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NY Lawmakers Work Toward a Budget Deal, But Will It Be Enough?

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Is there a deal, or no deal? That's the question in Albany, where Governor Paterson has been grappling with lawmakers to close the state's more than $3-billion budget gap.

The legislature returns to chambers later this morning and could vote on at least part of the ...

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Paterson Says He'll Accept Legislature's Plan, But Don't Call It a Deal

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

State lawmakers are hoping to pass bills today that help close a large part of the budget deficit. Karen DeWitt has more on the plan Governor Paterson reluctantly agreed to yesterday.

REPORTER: Legislative leaders had characterized the settlement as a deal in private meetings with their ...

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NYS Budget Deficit Expected to Skyrocket When Temporary Relief Expires in Two Years

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Governor Paterson and legislative leaders are expected to resume negotiations today on how best to close this year's more than three billion dollar budget gap. But as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, that's minimal compared to future deficits.

REPORTER: Next year the New York State budget gap ...

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Suozzi Concedes in Nassau County Exec Race

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Nassau County executive Thomas Suozzi has conceded defeat in his re-election bid. The incumbent Suozzi had been the leader in earlier counts, but recently trailed Republican challenger Edward Mangano by about 400 votes. WNYC will bring you more details as they come in. Meanwhile, in ...

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DOJ: Westchester Jail Violates Inmates' Rights

Monday, November 30, 2009

A federal investigation has found conditions at the Westchester County Jail violated the constitutional rights of inmates. WNYC's Kathleen Horan has more on the US Department of Justice's two-year probe.

REPORTER: The scathing report doesn't mince words: it finds that the jail not only deprives some ...

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Paterson Takes Action: $1.6 Billion in Emergency Cuts

Monday, November 30, 2009

Arguing that time is running out, Governor Paterson says he's unilaterally going forward with $1.6 billion in budget cuts, including a $500-million reduction in across-the-board spending by state agencies. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: The governor says the emergency cuts - addressing about half of ...

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Paterson's Ultimatum Yields No Action on Budget

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Governor Paterson has given the state legislature an ultimatum - either vote on his deficit-closing plan, or give him the authorization to fill the gap himself. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Governor Paterson in a pre-taped message billed as a special address to New Yorkers ...

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Fare Game: Traveling by Bus This Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Millions of Americans take to the road every Thanksgiving, and for many New Yorkers it's in a bus. Competition among bus companies has intensified this year with big multinationals jumping in and selling one-way tickets to Boston, Philadelphia and Washington for as cheap as $1. ...

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