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Parents Cast "Straw" Votes for Education Councils

Thursday, April 09, 2009

City parents are participating in their first ever "straw vote" for members of Community Education Councils. The councils have little power except over school zoning. Their members are technically elected just by PTA leaders. But this year, the Department of Education created a symbolic vote, ...

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Governor: Don't Underestimate Dire Financial Crisis

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Governor Paterson says if New York's fiscal situation doesn't improve, more budget cuts and layoffs could be in store. The governor says corporate tax receipts were down in March and he's concerned that income tax revenue will be down, too. He says everything will be ...

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Second Hand Smoke Exposure High in NY

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Non-smoking New Yorkers are more likely to be exposed to second-hand cigarette smoke than those in the rest of the nation. The city's health department found 57 percent had a nicotine by-product in their blood, indicating exposure to second-hand smoke. That's compared to 45 percent ...

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NYCLU Suing MTA Over "Secret" Court

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

The New York Civil Liberties Union is suing the transit system over a secret court that tries people who allegedly break rules in the subways. The lead counsel in the case, Christopher Dunn, says the Transit Adjudication Bureau holds more than 22,000 hearings a year ...

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EPA Mulls Gowanus Canal for Superfund

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

How polluted is the Gowanus Canal? The federal Environmental Protection Agency wants to find out. It's proposing putting the industrial waterway in Brooklyn on its Superfund site. Councilman David Yassky, whose district includes the nearly two-mile long canal, says this is good news.

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Mayor Denies Push Polling

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

In an unusual early start to his campaign, Mayor Bloomberg is already opening campaign offices, bringing in endorsements, organizing robocalls, polling and, as of today, advertising. Also today, the mayor found himself fending off questions about a New York Times report that his campaign is ...

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City Prepares for Easter and Passover

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

This week is Holy Week for Christians, and churches across the city are flooded with parishioners, preparing for Easter. Jesuit priest James Martin of Saint Ignatius Loyola Church on the Upper East Side says giving things up for Lent this year has an added poignancy.

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City to Train Young to Plant Trees

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

We've been hearing a lot in the news about rising unemployment rates, and the threat of city and state layoffs. well, here's a story about job creation. The city is about to pay 20 young men and women to plant trees, as part of its ...

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Working Families Party Rallies Against MTA Hikes

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

The Working Families party is getting into the fight against subway fare hikes - the first formal political response to the stalemate in Albany on an MTA bailout package. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein has more.

The Working Families Party was a major player in the democratic takeover ...

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Mayor Releases First TV Campaign Ads

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

The mayoral election is more than six months away but New Yorkers will soon hear the first TV ad to be released by the Bloomberg campaign. The ad focuses on the troubled economy and shows Bloomberg speaking to working New Yorkers, business executives and others. ...

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15th Anniversary of Rwandan Genocide

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the start of the genocide in Rwanda. Over the next 100 days in 1994, more than one million people -- minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus -- were killed. Among those dead -- the parents, siblings and grandparents of then-10-year-old ...

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Commercial Rents Nose Dive in 2009

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Commercial rents in Manhattan took a big nose dive in the first three months of this year. Cushman and Wakefield reports the six percent drop is the largest the company has seen since it started tracking commercial rents in the mid-80s. Joseph Harbert is chief ...

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Schumer and Gillibrand Tour Shooting Site

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Police say they have no reason to doubt the authenticity of a letter sent to an upstate TV station, forecasting last week's mass shooting in Binghampton. Police chief Joe Zikusky says the letter that apparently was written by the shooter, Jiverly Wong, has been handed ...

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DA Indicts Chinese Businessman on Iran Arms Charge

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau unsealed a sweeping indictment of a fugitive Chinese businessman, who he says is illegally funneling money through New York City banks, to sell materials to Iran for making nuclear weapons.

MORGENTHAU: Seventy percent of the world's business is done in dollars, ...

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Fly Girlz

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

It’s a time honored way to cope with the stress of growing up in a tough neighborhood: you make music about it. A group of girls from Brownsville are telling their story, with a little help from some new friends.


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Bloomberg: A Positive Campaign

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg released his first campaign ad for his re-election bid and, not surprisingly, it focuses on jobs and the economy. A central argument in the mayor's bid for a third term is that he's best equipped to steer the city through a fiscal crisis.

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Local Groups Raise Relief for Quake Victims

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Local Italian-American groups are collecting donations to help the victims of the earthquake in Italy. Dr. Joseph Scelsa is the president of the Italian-American Museum on Mulberry Street in Manhattan. He's part of a group that's set up a relief fund at the museum.

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NYC Appeals Launches Appeal to Gay and Lesbian Tourists

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

New York City is launching a nearly $2 million marketing campaign called the "Rainbow Pilgrimage" to attract more gay and lesbian tourists. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the conflict between gay New Yorkers and the NYPD that sparked the modern ...

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Empire State Building Going Green

Monday, April 06, 2009

The Empire State Building already glows green, for holidays like Saint Patrick's Day. Now, the iconic skyscraper is GOING green, with a major environmental makeover that is expected to cut its carbon emissions by 38 percent. Iain Campbell is with Johnson Controls, which helped plan ...

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Dismal Poll Numbers for Governor Paterson

Monday, April 06, 2009

New Yorkers' opinion of Governor David Paterson is so low, many think he should reconsider running for re-election. A new poll released by Quinnipiac University shows voters disapprove of the job Paterson is doing, 60 percent to 28 percent. That's the lowest approval rating EVER ...

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