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Paterson Plays Down Popularity Poll

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

A spokesman for Governor Paterson is playing down the importance of new poll that shows a double digit drop in his popularity. The Marist College Survey shows Governor Paterson with the lowest approval rating of any New York governor in the 27-year history of the ...

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Reforms to NY Drug laws Expected

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

The New York State Assembly is expected to pass a bill this week that will reform the Rockefeller-era drug laws. As WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports, it would be the first major drug law reform in New York in decades.

REPORTER: Advocates are lauding the assembly bill ...

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Strong Sense of Racial Identity Benefits Girls

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Black girls in New York City benefit from a strong sense of racial identity. That's according to a new study on the lives of teenage African American, Caribbean and African girls in New York City, that two non-profit groups released today. The report's author is ...

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Bloomberg to Complaining Parents: Duh!

Monday, March 02, 2009

The first snow day for New York City public schools in five years has brought some criticism from parents. A decision to close the schools was reached at 5:40 this morning, but at a news conference today Mayor Bloomberg expressed little sympathy for parents who ...

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Two Queens Hospital Close

Monday, March 02, 2009

Two Queens hospitals are closed as of today, and the mayor says these probably won't be the last.

BLOOMBERG: We're just going to all have to do more with less, and whether it's less hospitals or less of anything, we're just going to have to adjust ...

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Silver: Bridge Tolls Best of Bad MTA Options

Monday, March 02, 2009

State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says his plan to charge $2 tolls for the East River and Harlem River bridges is the best of bad options for the financially troubled MTA. Silver said in a statement yesterday, that asking drivers to pay the equivalent of ...

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Clash of Charter and Traditional Schools

Monday, March 02, 2009

Some Harlem parents want the city to stop moving charter schools into traditional public school buildings. The Community Education Council for District 5 has drafted a resolution saying charters create a distraction when they have to share space with regular schools. The Council has advisory ...

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Amish Market to Pay $1.5M for Overtime

Friday, February 27, 2009

A chain of gourmet "on-the-go" food stores in New York City and the Hudson Valley will pay nearly $1.5 million in overtime wages owed to hundreds of employees.

State Labor Department officials say the Amish Market and its related stores in Manhattan, Queens, Croton-on-Hudson and Hyde ...

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William Tatum Dies at 76

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The publisher emeritus of the New York Amsterdam News has died. The Harlem newspaper announced that Wilbert Tatum died Wednesday evening at a hospital in Croatia, where he was vacationing with his wife Susan. Tatum, who was diabetic, died after multiple organ shutdown, according to ...

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ACORN Protest at LI Sheriff's Office

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Long Island families facing foreclosure and members of the advocacy group ACORN gathered outside the sheriff's office in Nassau County today. The group demanded that he suspend all evictions from foreclosed homes until President Obama's homeowners' recovery package goes into effect. They also insisted that ...

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Neighborhood Impact of Second Hudson Tunnel

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Community Board Five in Manhattan will consider the neighborhood impact of the Port Authority's plans to build a second rail tunnel under the Hudson.

On the New York side of the Hudson, the ambitious transit project involves west side real estate within the boundaries of both ...

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Toll on East River Bridges Gains Support

Thursday, February 26, 2009

A push to put tolls on East River Bridges is gaining momentum. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he'll support the bridge tolls that have been proposed in an MTA rescue plan. But he says those tolls should be $2 not $4-15. Mayor Bloomberg says he's ...

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Paterson on NY Stimulus: Speed Over Accuracy

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Governor Paterson pulled out a baseball reference to describe how he thinks federal stimulus money should be spent in New York. Speaking to Brian Lehrer on WNYC this morning, Paterson said money for transportation projects should be spent the way St. Louis Cardinal Ozzie Smith ...

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NYC to Receive $841 Million in Extra Food Stamps

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Federal stimulus money will bring an estimated $841 million in extra food stamp benefits to New York City. This means that starting in April each one of the 1.3 million New Yorkers who use food stamps will see a 13 percent increase every month. WNYC's ...

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Dividing Up Stimulus Cash

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Governor Paterson met publicly with legislative leaders to brief them on the transportation grants that New York will receive as part of the federal stimulus package. Lawmakers have expressed concern that they might be left out of the decision-making process for the distribution of billions ...

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NYC Council Special Elections Results

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Voters have chosen three New York City Council members.

In yesterday's special election, in Queens Julissa Ferreras won in the 21 Council District and Eric Ulrich in the 32. Ken Mitchell won in the 49 in Staten Island.

The winners of the nonpartisan special election will serve ...

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Weekend Subway Lines To Run Less Often

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The MTA is changing its calculation for how frequently some weekend subway lines will run. But the agency says even though the move will save money, it's not really a service cut. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

The cash-strapped transit agency says it can save $4.4 ...

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Police Get Guns Off Queens Streets

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

In the last six months the city has received 3,500 weapons through the gun buyback program, which assures gun owners of complete confidentiality. And at $200 per gun, the program isn't a bad way to make some extra cash. But officials say the smartest thing ...

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Gun Buyback in Queens Nets Nearly 1,000

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The NYPD says 919 guns were traded in for cash at the most recent gun buyback program, in Queens. That brings the total to over 3,500 guns handed in at houses of worship around the city in the last six months. Councilman James Sanders says ...

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City Considers Reforming Drug Laws

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

City lawmakers are hearing suggestions about reforming New York's 36-year-old Rockefeller drug laws. Critics say they disproportionately imprison minorities and have done little to curb drug use. Daliah Heller of the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, says the highest population of drug users ...

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