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Library Staff Fear Mayor's Budget Mean Cuts

Friday, May 01, 2009

The people who run the city's libraries are concerned about the job and social service cuts in Mayor Bloomberg's latest budget plan. Paul LeClerc is president of the New York Public Library and says in the last twelve months the city's three library systems have ...

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Bloomberg: Swine Flu Likely at P.S. 177

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg says he expects federal officials to confirm the presence of swine flu at P.S. 177 in Queens. The special ed school is blocks from Saint Francis Prep, the epicenter of New York City's outbreak. So far, there are 49 confirmed cases of swine ...

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Biden Modifies Travel Advice

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Vice president Joe Biden says he's told his family to stay out of confined spaces because of swine flu, including airplanes, and mass transit.

BIDEN: I would not at this point be suggesting they ride the subway.

Biden's remarks, made this morning on NBC's Today Show, prompted ...

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To Mask Or Not to Mask?

Thursday, April 30, 2009

To mask or not to mask one's face, that's one question on the minds of New Yorkers thinking about the swine flu. Jeremy Beiler [BY-ler] is an actor who arrived at work on a bike in the West Village. He says he's reluctant to travel ...

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Collapsed Building Cited in Past

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Buildings officials are working to shore up a five-story building in Lower Manhattan that partially collapsed this morning. The building, near Reade and Church Streets, was vacant, and undergoing renovations. No one was injured. Just yesterday, buildings inspectors issued citations for loose bricks and for ...

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MTA: More Deficits Loom

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says the economy is looking so bad, the agency will have a $621 million deficit this year, and a $1 billion deficit next year. But Chief Financial Officer Gary Dellaverson told MTA board members there are currently no plans for additional ...

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Car? What Car?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Are you getting robo calls, warning you that your car warranty is about to expire and you don't even have a car? Everyone at WNYC has been getting them. Turns out Verizon Wireless has reached a settlement with two telemarketing companies that have been offering ...

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City Investigates Special Ed School for Flu

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The city's swine flu epidemic may be spreading. City health officials are currently investigating reports of flu symptoms at the School of the Ascension, a parochial elementary school in Manhattan, and P.S. 177, a public special ed school in Queens. P.S. 177 is just blocks ...

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St. Francis Prep Students Stay Home

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

St. Francis Preparatory School will not reopen until Monday. Seventeen-year-old junior Sarah Melore has been home with a fever and cough since the weekend, and says her doctor told her yesterday she probably DOES have the swine flu although it hasn't yet been confirmed by ...

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Bloomberg Says Local Flu is Mild

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg says swine flu appears to be spreading in New York City but he says it's nothing to be alarmed about. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

The mayor repeatedly emphasized that the local swine flu is mild and that people should keep going to work ...

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City Pensions Funds Ban Middlemen

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The largest of the city's five public pension funds - the New York City Employees Retirement System - voted today to ban the use of middlemen, or so-called placements agents, from soliciting investment business from the fund. The move comes a week after City Comptroller ...

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White House Apologizes for Photo Shoot

Monday, April 27, 2009

The head of the White House Military Office has apologized for authorizing a photo shoot of Air Force One, and a fighter jet, near the Statue of Liberty and the World Trade Center site. Louis Caldera says, despite notification of local officials, the mission created, ...

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Despite 80 Degree Heat, It's Cold Underground

Monday, April 27, 2009

The weather's getting warmer, except in one part of Manhattan. The MTA has been freezing a two-block section of earth far underneath 11th Avenue to make it easier to drill a tunnel for the Number 7 subway extension. The head of the MTA's capital construction ...

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Swine Flu Cases in NYC Confined to Queens

Monday, April 27, 2009

The number of New York City's swine flu cases has jumped, from 8 to 28, with another 17 suspected cases. Mayor Bloomberg says this doesn't mean the flu is spreading, it's still confined to one cluster, at Saint Francis Prep High School in Fresh Meadows, ...

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Life of Rats: Nasty, Brutish and Short

Monday, April 27, 2009

Contrary to popular belief, transit officials say a typical rat's life is short, just five or six months, and about to get shorter.

BARTHELL: Most rats in the city succumb to stress, deadly battles with other rats, erratic food supplies. They succumb to extermination campaigns, cars.

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Taxi Drivers Protest $1 Surcharge

Friday, April 24, 2009

Cab drivers, fleet owners, and leasing agents rarely agree about how the industry should operate. But they're united in their opposition to a state senate plan to add a dollar surcharge on cab rides. Supporters of the bill say the money is necessary to fund ...

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Silver Won't Block Senate MTA Plan

Friday, April 24, 2009

State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he won't block the state Senate's plan to bail out the MTA. The Senate's version has come under intense criticism because it adds a dollar surcharge on cab rides in the region, and devotes half of that money to ...

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Women's Rights Advocates Call for Equal Pay

Friday, April 24, 2009

Women's rights advocates gathered today and passed out lilies in honor of the first piece of legislation President Obama signed, a restoration of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, making it easier for women to file discriminatory pay complaints. Local representatives including State Senator Diane ...

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Paterson Signs Bill Overturning Rockefeller Drug Laws

Friday, April 24, 2009

It's the end of an era in New York state. Governor David Paterson has signed a bill that will radically overhaul the state's 46-year-old Rockefeller Drug laws. Paterson says the struggle to overturn the law - seen by drug reformers as among the harshest in ...

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2,000 LGBT New Yorkers Plan Trek to Albany

Friday, April 24, 2009

It looks like the annual trek to Albany tomorrow for Lesbian Gay and Transgender Equality and Justice Day is going to be mighty crowded. More than 2,000 LGBT New Yorkers and their supporters are expected to board buses in the early morning hours to push ...

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