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Brooklyn Launches Program for Sex Crime Victims

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Orthodox Jewish leaders and the Brooklyn District Attorney's office are launching a new initiative to fight sexual abuse in their community, after a sharp rise in reported cases. DA Charles Hynes says the initiative is called Kol Tzedek, "Voice of Justice."

Hynes: In the book of ...

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Taxi Fee on Table in MTA Bailout

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Lawmakers in Albany are still trying to come up with a way to rescue the MTA, and prevent big fare hikes and service cuts. The latest idea: a 50 cent fee on all cab rides. The news has angered cabbies, who say the fee would ...

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Supreme Court Rules Cost Issue in Plant Upgrade

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the government may consider cost when deciding if Indian Point and other nuclear power plants must upgrade. Alex Matthiessen is president of Riverkeeper - among the groups that sued the EPA over the plants cooling system. He says ...

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Vietnam Remembered in Poetry and Jazz

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

On this first day of Poetry month, Pulitzer prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa meets up with jazz violinist Billy Bang. They're both veterans who have used their art to deal with painful memories. More on Billy Bang and Yusef Komunyakaa


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Report: Bias in Hiring Restaurant Workers

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A new report from a restaurant workers group finds deep disparities in who's working in the front and the back of the house.

The report on expensive restaurants in the city shows discrimination and occupational segregation is often the norm. The study sent applicants to apply ...

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NY and NJ See Prison Numbers Drop

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A new report says New York and New Jersey are the only states where inmate populations have dropped. The Sentencing Project, a prison reform group, says New York saw a 12 percent decline, and New Jersey an 11 percent decrease, since 2001. Executive director, Marc ...

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Expansion of Bottle Bill

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A five-cent refundable deposit will be tacked on to the price of bottled water and other non-carbonated bottled beverages under Governor Paterson's budget proposal. The expansion of New York's bottle bill means consumers can get those five pennies back if they return their bottles to ...

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Kelly: Expand the Ring of Steel

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly wants to expand a security strategy in Lower Manhattan to Midtown. The Ring of Steel is modeled on a London system that networks hundreds of video surveillance cameras and license plate readers to help police monitor traffic for suspicious activity.

KELLY: All ...

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Governor Reveals $131.8 Billion Budget

Monday, March 30, 2009

Governor Paterson and legislative leaders formally unveiled their spending plan for the fiscal year that begins on Wednesday. The $131.8 billion budget relies on federal stimulus money, a slew of new taxes, including ones on the wealthy, and slower health care growth to bridge a ...

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Governor Raises Ire of Unions

Monday, March 30, 2009

The state budget process appears to be exacting a toll on Governor Paterson's relationship with the state employee unions. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more. REPORTER: The governor has taken a hard line on spending, including a vow to lay off 8,900 workers if unions aren't ...

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NYC Taxes Revenues Eroding

Monday, March 30, 2009

Just as the City Council and the Bloomberg Administration digest the small print in Albany's budget deal, there's more bad news for the city from the Independent Budget Office. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more. REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg's proposed budget for next year appeared balanced just ...

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Office Sales Plummet in 2008

Saturday, March 28, 2009

A new report shows that office sales activity in Manhattan dropped off a cliff in 2008, and most of the sales that did take place, were forced sales. That is, owners sold their office buildings because they couldn't pay back their lenders. WNYC's Lisa Chow ...

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Rock Reformed

Friday, March 27, 2009

Governor Paterson and leaders of the Assembly and Senate announced a deal that brings sweeping reforms to New York's 1970s-era Rockefeller drug laws. The bill gives judges the discretion to send addicted, nonviolent offenders to rehab, instead of imposing mandatory prison sentences.

Drug abuse is an ...

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Freedom Tower Gets Tenant, New Name

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Port Authority has its first commercial tenant for the Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center site and a new name for the building.

Bejing Vantone, a Chinese firm that promotes trade between the US and China, will lease five floors in the tower slated ...

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How Will New York Select Its Stimulus Projects?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

New York State just released an 800-page list of proposed projects to be funded under the Recovery Act. It says it is up to local planning organizations to winnow down the lists. But meanwhile, New Jersey has already settled on its projects. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein ...

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Bloomberg: Fare Hikes Lesser of Two Evils

Thursday, March 26, 2009

One day after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved a fare hike and service cuts to cover a $1.2 billion budget gap, Mayor Bloomberg says the 25 percent fare increase is the lesser of two evils.

BLOOMBERG: That’s not good for our economy, it’s not good for ...

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DOE Needs Stimulus Funds to Prevent Layoffs

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Schools chancellor Joel Klein says Albany may shortchange local schools, and not deliver the full amount of federal stimulus funds the city deserves. At a Council hearing today, he says the city may have to lay off 4,000 people, including 2,000 teachers.

KLEIN: If we ...

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Questioning the Dollar's Dominance

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will once again take questions from members of Congress today.

But he took a break from the beltway yesterday, while speaking before an audience at the Council on Foreign Relations on Manhattan's Upper East Side. WNYC's Lisa Chow reports.

REPORTER: It probably had ...

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Photography: Into the Sunset & Faces of a Village

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Two new photography exhibitions demonstrate how places, as much as people, can provide artistic inspiration. This Sunday, MoMA unveils a new exhibition called, "Into The Sunset". It's a survey of 150 photographs of the American West -- from 1850 through 2008.

Curator Eva Respini hopes the ...

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MTA Approves Fare Hikes

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The MTA's board gave its approval to a deficit-reducing budget that will mean a $2.50 bus and subway ride, a $6.50 Battery Tunnel and RFK bridge toll, and a $13 one-way charge to cross the Verrazano bridge. WNYC's has more.

In a series of three 12-1 ...

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