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Record Numbers of CUNY Students Apply for Aid

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Officials at CUNY are reporting a 33 percent spike in students applying for financial aid this year -- that's over the same period last year. Standing outside Baruch College earlier today, Congressman Anthony Weiner said that despite additional aid in the federal stimulus package, Congress ...

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Family of Injured Man Press Charges Against NYPD

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The family of a mentally ill man who was hospitalized after a confrontation with police this weekend say they will press charges against the NYPD.

Gamalier Reyes is schizophrenic. His sister Zully De La Cruz says he refused to take his medicine and his social worker ...

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City Placing 23 Percent More Workers in Jobs

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The city placed nearly 5,000 New Yorkers in jobs during the first three months of 2009, a 23 percent increase compared to the same time period in 2008. Mayor Bloomberg says the success of what's known as the Workforce One Career Centers has put the ...

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Mayor Says MTA Needs Capital Cash...Or Else

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Straphangers get ready. Plummeting tax revenue and gridlock in Albany may force the MTA to impose even more service cuts and higher fare hikes to make ends meet. Mayor Bloomberg says if the state senate doesn't support the rescue plan passed by the governor and ...

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Transportation Commission Resigns

Monday, April 13, 2009

Governor Paterson has accepted the resignation of his Transportation Commissioner, Astrid Glynn, just a few days after she returned from vacation during state budget time.

In a statement, Paterson thanked Commissioner Glynn for putting together a plan to upgrade the state's rail systems and said he ...

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Dolan Says He Seeks Egan's Advice

Monday, April 13, 2009

As Archbishop Timothy Dolan prepares to become the spiritual leader of New York's 2.5 million Catholics, he says he won’t be shy about turning to his predecessor, Cardinal Edward Egan.

DOLAN: "I gotta be honest – maybe administration would not be my strong suit. So I ...

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Bloomberg in Viriginia to Rally for Gun Control

Monday, April 13, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg was in Virginia Monday, to urge that state's lawmakers to close a loophole that allows private sellers at gun shows to skip full background checks. Bloomberg was joined by survivors and victims family members of the mass shooting at Virginia Tech. He unveiled ...

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Bed-Stuy Meadow

Monday, April 13, 2009

In a few weeks wild flowers will sprout up all over Bedford-Stuyvesant. That's the hope of activists who sowed the flowers over the weekend on untended land in the Brooklyn neighborhood. But the environmental project also raised questions -- about how to organize community action ...

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Sen. Gillibrand: Now Time for Health Care Reform

Monday, April 13, 2009

Despite the dismal economy, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says now is the time to produce an affordable health care plan for Americans. Gillibrand attended a roundtable in Harlem with health care reform advocates today.

GILLIBRAND: If we can address health care reform now, more of ...

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Does the City Council Matter?

Monday, April 13, 2009

The City Council has 51 members, and a schedule chock full of meetings and hearings. But is it effective against a strong mayor and should there be changes to the way the Council operates? The latest issue of City Limits takes on the issue of ...

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Clandestine Beekeeping in NYC

Sunday, April 12, 2009

It’s springtime. The birds are chirping, and the bees are starting to buzz all around the five boroughs. But that doesn’t mean you’ll find local, New York City-made honey on a shelf in your grocery store. Hiving honeybees within city limits is against Health Code ...

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NY Lottery a Winner

Friday, April 10, 2009

The worst economic crisis in decades couldn't stop the New York State Lottery from posting record sales. The lottery reports New Yorkers spent $6.7 billion on jackpot and scratch games in the fiscal year that just ended and close to $1 billion at video gaming ...

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22 Arrested at New School Protest

Friday, April 10, 2009

Twenty-two people have been arrested for occupying a New School building near Union Square. The group wants President Bob Kerrey and the school's COO to resign.

But not all students at the university were happy with the protesters. David Eisenhauer, a senior who organizes around sustainability ...

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Mayor Bloomberg "Greens" His Home

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg has been pushing New York to become a greener city. He's instituted a one million tree planting program, required municipal buildings to become more energy efficient and today was on hand for the announcement that the Brooklyn Navy Yards would be partly powered ...

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The Stimulus Shuffle

Thursday, April 09, 2009

HOST: Mayor Bloomberg last week laid out a plan to spend $260 million in transportation money from the federal stimulus bill. It’ll go to the Brooklyn Bridge, the Staten Island Ferry terminal, and new sidewalk furniture in Bedford Stuyvesant – sort of. WNYC’s Matthew Schuerman ...

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Bloomberg and Unions Spar Over Cuts

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg shot back at union leaders who have criticized him for proposing more layoffs. He says he won't have to lay off 7,000 city workers if unions agree to contribute toward health care costs, and to create a new, cheaper pension tier for new ...

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Governor Paterson Ready to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Now that Iowa and Vermont have done it, Governor Paterson says he's ready to put forth a measure to legalize same-sex marriage, even if the legislature doesn't appear ready to pass it.

PATERSON: Let the legislation go up or down based on whether people like it ...

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Whale Migration Season Brings Leviathans to NYC

Thursday, April 09, 2009

A whale spotted near the Verrazano Narrows Bridge this morning has headed towards more open waters near Coney Island. Spokeswoman Terry Frady with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says this is whale migration season and it's not unusual to see them in New York. ...

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Auto Show Attendees Fixated on the Economy

Thursday, April 09, 2009

The New York Auto Show opens to the public today at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. WNYC's Ilya Marritz attended a preview for industry people and found no one has escaped the down economy.

REPORTER: Rene Abdallah is a good example of how the Detroit's problems ...

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Commercial Rents Nosedive, Ripple Throughout NYC

Thursday, April 09, 2009

We’ve had a slew of reports this month, showing that commercial rents in Manhattan are falling fast - faster than they have since record keeping began in the 1980s. As financial firms, some of the city's largest employers, cut jobs, they're giving up the offices ...

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