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Sen Dean Skelos Says GOP Senators Shut Out

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

New York's Senate Republican minority leader says Democrats are excluding the GOP from the state budget process. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

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Madoff Accountant Arrested

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The fallout from Bernard Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme widened today, with the arrest of his longtime accountant on fraud charges. David Friehling is accused of helping the disgraced money manager cheat thousands of investors out of billions of dollars over the last 20 years. He's ...

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NJ's Xanadu: Lessons for Stimulus Spending?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Billions of dollars in federal stimulus aid is on the way to our region. But while local politicians are applauding the aid, many of the decisions about how the money will be spent will be made by public authorities largely operating out of public view. ...

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Education Groups Urge Restoration of ESL Funds

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Students, teachers, and community groups are urging Governor Paterson to reinstate $2 million for Adult Literacy Education, which was cut from his proposed budget. John Hunt, assistant director at the Center for Immigrant Education and Training at Laguardia College, runs English as a Second Language ...

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State Democrats Unveil MTA Plan

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

State Senate Democrats have unveiled their OWN plan to rescue the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and it does NOT provide the kind of funding called for by former MTA chairman Richard Ravitch. The plan provides for a payroll tax, but at a reduced rate, and there's ...

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Paterson Rejects Senate MTA Plan

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Governor Paterson has rejected the State Senate's rescue plan for the MTA, saying it fails to address the agency's long-term capital funding needs. He's urging the Senate's Republican and Democratic leaders to meet with him to come up with a compromise. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver ...

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One-Year Anniversary for Gov Paterson

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Today's not only Saint Patrick's Day. It also marks one year in office for Governor David Paterson. After Eliot Spitzer resigned over a prostitution scandal, Paterson was sworn in as New York's 55th governor. And today, he took a moment to reflect on what's been ...

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Paterson: Senate Must Address MTA Capital Budget

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Governor Paterson says the State Senate is risking sending the MTA back into the bad old days of the late 70s by delaying any decision on how to finance its capital budget.

PATERSON: Unfortunately there seems to be belief that these types of issues can be ...

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Cuomo Demands to See AIG Contracts

Monday, March 16, 2009

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has issued subpoenas to AIG, demanding that the troubled insurance firm detail who is getting big bonuses. Cuomo also wants to see the contracts that supposedly force AIG to make good on executive bonuses. He told reporters in a ...

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MTA: Reduction in Service If Rescue Plan Not Approved

Friday, March 13, 2009

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is reaffirming its pledge to eliminate several bus lines, and the W and Z trains and hike fares as much as 30 percent, if New York Senate Democrats don't get behind a financial rescue plan by March 25th. That's when the ...

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Dept. of Ed Says Small Classes Cost Big Money

Friday, March 13, 2009

The city's Department of Education says it can't afford to reduce class sizes as much as many parents would like. At a State Assembly Education Committee hearing today, Deputy Chancellor Chris Cerf laid out what it would cost to reduce average class sizes by 10 ...

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Bloomberg Fortune Intact, Says $$ Not a Factor in Mayoral Race

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Other billionaires may have taken a hit during this recession, but not Mayor Bloomberg. According to Forbes Magazine's survey of the world's wealthiest, Bloomberg's fortunes blossomed while others wilted. The magazine's annual list of billionaires ranks Bloomberg number 17 in the world with $16 billion. ...

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Chancellor Klein Supports National Standards

Thursday, March 12, 2009

City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein says he agrees with President Obama's call for national standards. Currently, all the states have their own math and reading tests which are often easier than the national exams used for comparing scores in the US to those of other ...

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Movie Producers Say Renew Tax Credit

Thursday, March 12, 2009

A popular state tax credit for TV and film production has run out of funds. Actors, crew members and union reps are asking Governor Paterson to extend the credit, and make it permanent. Local movie producer John Penotti says that without the credit, jobs will ...

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Madoff Investors React to Plea

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Bernard Madoff was led away from a federal courtroom in Lower Manhattan in handcuffs, after he pleaded guilty to all 11 counts of fraud in a massive Ponzi scheme that wiped out many people's investments. More than 100 spectators crammed into the courtroom.

Madoff did not ...

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FTA Extends Deadline for Transit Stimulus

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The definition of "shovel-ready" is shifting. The federal government is giving transit agencies, including the MTA, more than a year to spend its federal stimulus money. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more. REPORTER: House Democrats had wanted to give transit agencies just three months to commit ...

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Paterson Tables Unpopular Taxes

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

New Yorkers who download music from the internet, get haircuts, and belong to a gym have dodged potential taxes on those activities. Governor Paterson reached an agreement with state lawmakers to pull the unpopular taxes from his budget proposal, and use federal stimulus money to ...

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Paterson Says MTA's March 25th Deadline Firm

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Governor Paterson is continuing to push for quick passage of the MTA's rescue plan to avert significant service cuts and a dramatic fare increase. He insisted that the March 25th deadline set by the authority for the legislature's approval was a real one.

PATERSON: I think ...

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Crane Collapse Blamed on Workers

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A report commissioned by the city's Buildings Department blames the crane collapse that killed seven people last March on workers, who didn't use the right equipment or procedures to raise the crane. Commissioner Robert LiMandri says his inspectors would not have caught the mistakes because, ...

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Demand Growing at NYC Food Pantry

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

As unemployment grows, more New Yorkers are having a hard time putting food on the table. The increased need is straining the city's nearly one thousand food pantries. Eileen Markey spent an evening waiting on line at one of them, and has this story for ...

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