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Paterson Wants Stimulus for NY Rail

Monday, March 09, 2009

Governor Paterson released New York's plan to get federal stimulus money for high speed rail service. If the state got the money, the governor is proposing spending it to improve passenger rail service, from Niagara Falls to New York City. State officials say they've identified ...

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NJ Senator Warns Against "Retention Awards"

Monday, March 09, 2009

A member of the Senate's powerful Banking Committee says he's concerned that banks that got bailout money may be bending the rules to give big bonuses that are illegal under a new law. New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez says some banks are offering "retention awards" ...

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Paterson Peeves Environmental Groups

Friday, March 06, 2009

Governor David Paterson's decision to reconsider a rule that would help reduce power plant emissions has infuriated good government and environmental groups. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports. After privately meeting with energy industry representatives, Governor Paterson has agreed to take a look at a rule that ...

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Bloomberg Troubled by Charitable Tax Deduction Reduction

Friday, March 06, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg is troubled by President Obama's budget proposal, which would reduce tax deductions for charity donations.

Bloomberg personally gave $205 million to over a thousand different charitable organizations last year. He says with endowments down and charitable giving low, this is a bad time for ...

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Foreclosed Homes Magnet for Crime

Friday, March 06, 2009

Foreclosed homes aren't just an eyesore and a drag on property values. A new report suggests they're also a magnet for illegal activity. Community activist group ACORN says Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods with high foreclosure rates saw crime increase last year. Mary Fortune has lived ...

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City State Brawl Over Medicaid Stimulus

Thursday, March 05, 2009

The distribution of Medicaid economic stimulus money in New York has spawned a full-on city-state brawl. It was started by Mayor Bloomberg, whose office issued a statement late last night accusing Governor Paterson of shortchanging the city. Congressman Anthony Weiner piled on today. His office ...

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125,000 in NYC Lose Jobs in Last Six Months

Thursday, March 05, 2009

More than 125,000 New Yorkers lost their jobs in the last half year. That's according to the latest state labor department figures. The unemployment rate saw the largest two-month increase in two decades. Almost 4000 job-seekers were feeling those numbers today, at a job fair ...

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Paterson to Take 10 Percent Pay Cut

Thursday, March 05, 2009

With New York facing a $14 billion budget deficit, Governor Paterson says he'll take a ten percent pay cut. The governor, in Buffalo to meet with economic development and business officials, told reporters he would "symbolically make the gesture for the state," but he doesn't ...

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Community Board Approves $9 Billion Hudson Rail Tunnel

Thursday, March 05, 2009

The largest "Shovel Ready" project in the nation is here in Manhattan, and it cleared a small hurdle last night. Community Board Four, which covers West Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen, gave its approval to the Port Authority's plan to build a $9 billion passenger rail ...

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City Council Says Paterson Shortchanging NYC Medicaid

Thursday, March 05, 2009

City Council members are decrying the way Governor Paterson allocated federal stimulus Medicaid money, saying the city deserves more than the $1.9 billion it's getting. Council members held a hearing on the stimulus money, hearing testimony from Bloomberg administration officials. They say they calculate that ...

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The Armory Show Kicks Off - in All 5 Boroughs

Thursday, March 05, 2009

The city's biggest contemporary art fair, The Armory Show, kicks off today, with a twist. This year the show is hosting public events in all five boroughs, and artists outside of the mainstream art market are getting into the act.

Chris Vilardi works with artists in ...

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Watch Out for Recession Scams

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Government agencies are warning of a sharp rise in frauds targeting people who have fallen into financial hardship because of the recession.

Mindy Bockstein, chair of the New York State Consumer Protection Board, says she saw a 300 percent increase last year in so-called "phishing scams" ...

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MTA in Albany Urging Rescue Plan

Thursday, March 05, 2009

By the end of this month, commuters and straphangers should know how much more it will cost to get in and out of New York City. MTA officials are back in Albany this morning where they are trying to hash out an agreement on a ...

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State Senators Seek Balance Over Bridge Tolls

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The fight over the tolls hinges on the state senate, where Democrats are hanging on to a one seat majority. WNYC's Matthew Scheurman looks at three Democrats trying to find a way to support the bill.

REPORTER: The three Democrats won seats from Republicans last November, ...

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Skelos: Republicans Will Oppose MTA Plan

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

State Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos says no Republican will vote for the MTA rescue plan. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: While some New York City Democrats have been expressing concerns about the proposed tolls on the East River Bridges, Skelos says Republicans object to ...

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NY Assembly Mull Repeal of Drug Laws

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The New York Assembly is poised to pass a repeal of the state's drug laws, ending the 36-year-old mandatory sentencing requirements of the Rockefeller Drug laws. While they've gradually been relaxed in the past five years, today's bill would give judges the discretion to sentence ...

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Drop in Homeless Living on Streets

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The city says a group of volunteers counting the homeless on a cold night in February found just over 2300 people. That's a 30 percent drop compared to last year. Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs says the results are counter-intuitive, given the economic crisis. But she ...

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NY Senate Leader Urges MTA Audit

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

The MTA may be a step closer to putting tolls on East River bridges that are now free. The authority provided the state senate with certified audits after Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith threatened to withhold support for the tolls.

SMITH: The MTA does not have ...

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Drug Laws Opposition Growing

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Legislation to soften New York's strict drug laws is gaining momentum in Albany. The State Assembly is scheduled to vote tomorrow on a bill that would give judges more leeway to sentence nonviolent offenders to parole and addiction treatment, instead of prison. Queens Assemblyman Jeff ...

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Paterson: Save the MTA This Week

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Governor Paterson says this is the week to save the MTA. He says the state legislature has to agree on a plan to impose a new payroll tax, and East River bridge tolls, before negotiations can begin on the state's $13 billion budget deficit.

PATERSON: We ...

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