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MTA Chief: Payroll Tax May Offset Fare Increases

Thursday, January 08, 2009

MTA's chief executive thinks there is a good chance that New York's legislature will approve a payroll tax to offset proposed bus and subway fare increases, and "draconian" service cuts. Lee Sander told WNYC's Brian Lehrer that lawmakers seemed "receptive" to imposing a 0.33% tax ...

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New Year in Congress

Monday, January 05, 2009

Yvette Clarke, Congresswoman from New York's 11th district, talks about national politics as well as how her district is weathering the current economic climate. Question of the Day: Should the Obama stimulus bill be put on line for one week before a vote as the Republicans are demanding? ...

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Losing a Home, But Not Before Christmas

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The emotional ties a family feels to a home are especially apparent now - when hundreds-of-thousands are having to leave houses they can no longer afford. A foreclosure is devastating for a family whether they'd been there for decades or just a few years. This ...

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South Indian Classical Music Festival

Friday, December 19, 2008

For many Americans, Indian classical music is synonymous with Ravi Shankar the sitar virtuoso who inspired the Beatles decades ago.

But here in New York, Indian classical music is alive and well.

Earlier this week, around two-dozen students of South Indian classical music performed for family and ...

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Smith Mum on Thorny State Finances

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Queens State Senator Malcolm Smith may want to become the leader of the Senate, when Democrats take control of the body next month. But he didn't show much leadership today, as he dodged questions about major issues at a civic organization breakfast. WNYC's Arun Venugopal ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mumbai: A Jewish Indian Reflects

Monday, December 15, 2008

As the first Indian to head a U.S. synagogue, Romiel Daniel, president of the Rego Park Jewish Center, will talk about the tragedy in Mumbai, his hometown.

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Court Allows Further Recount of Queens Senate Race

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Democratic control of the State Senate is once again in doubt, after a deal between Democratic Leader Malcolm Smith and three dissident senators fell apart this week. But a court ruling yesterday may bring Democrats closer to capturing one more seat. WNYC's Isaac-Davy Aronson reports.

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Investigating School Safety Officers

Monday, December 08, 2008

The New York Civil Liberties Union is calling for an investigation into allegations of excessive force by school safety officers in a Queens high school.

About a dozen students from Hillcrest High School have come forward claiming they've been threatened and assaulted by the agents.

NYCLU's Donna ...

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Gang of Three Conform for One

Thursday, December 04, 2008

It's the first time Democrats take control of the chamber in more than 40 years.

Bronx Senators Ruben Diaz Senior and Pedro Espada Junior along with Brooklyn Senator Carl Krueger were being wooed by Republicans to support their agenda and abandon Smith.

But after a closed-door meeting ...

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Paterson Heads to Washington After Albany Failure

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Gov. Paterson heads to Washington today, hoping for more success with Congress than he had yesterday with state lawmakers. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Top on Gov. Paterson's beltway agenda will be shoring up the state's unemployment trust fund so it can handle the jump ...

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Albany Lawmakers Fail to Strike Budget Balance

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

For more than a month, New York lawmakers in Albany were bracing themselves for a brutal, budget-cutting session. But the governor called it off when it became clear he'd get no cooperation from key lawmakers. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

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Ballot Counting Continues in Queens Senate Race

Friday, November 14, 2008

Alaska and Minnesota are not the only sites for senatorial recounts. Election workers are still pouring over ballots in a too-close-to-call state senate race in Queens. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

REPORTER: After double-checking the machine votes over the course of the last week, about 500 ...

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Boom Town

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The City Council is expected to approve the redevelopment of Willets Point today. Carlos Canal, owner of Flushing Towing, explains why he sold his property, while Jake Bono of Bono Sawdust Supply opposes the plan. Then, WNYC's Matthew Shuerman on why the city is ...

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A Closer look at Governor Paterson's Budget Proposal

Thursday, November 13, 2008

For the third time this year, a rapidly deteriorating economy has forced Governor Paterson to propose cuts to the current state budget. The latest round targets $2 billion dollars in cuts, much of it based on reduced spending for local schools and Medicaid. With us ...

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Governor's Budget Plan Stirring Strong Opposition

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Governor Paterson's plan to cut state spending by $2 billion dollars has set off intense opposition, especially for his plan to cut $585 million dollars in aid to schools. WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

REPORTER: The Governor is trying to put the best face on his austerity ...

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New York City Council Expected to Pass Willets Point Plan

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The city's redevelopment plan for the Willets Point section of Queens is poised for passage in the City Council today after a last-minute deal. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman explains.

REPORTER: Just three months ago, a majority of council members signed an angry letter threatening to sink ...

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Black Churches Praise Obama's Election

Monday, November 10, 2008

Sunday services were extra special for many of the city's black congregations celebrating the historic election of Barack Obama. WNYC's Arun Venugopal went to church in Jamaica, Queens, at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral.

FLAKE: Our topic this morning, at last: the Promised Land.

REPORTER: The Reverend ...

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Halloween Home Horrifies in Howard Beach, Queens

Friday, October 31, 2008

In the Howard Beach neighborhood of Queens, the economic slowdown hasn't hit the stores that sell outdoor holiday decorations. Residents here take their seasonal statuary seriously. WNYC's Fred Mogul visited Roseanne and Jim Russo, who have invested about $16,000 transforming their house into a multi-colored ...

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MTA Appoints Managers for Subway Lines

Monday, October 27, 2008

New York City Transit is putting one individual in charge of each of its numbered lines to increase accountability, and hopefully, customer satisfaction.

The transit agency named new line managers that will be in charge of the 1,2,3,4,5 and 6 lines. They are all experienced MTA ...

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Activists Protest Hunters Point Housing

Friday, October 24, 2008

Dozens of community activists, clergy and regular people filled a small City Council hearing room today. Many of them criticized the Bloomberg Administration's proposal for Hunters Point South, a mixed-income housing complex planned for the Queens Waterfront.

About three-fifths of the 5,000 apartments are supposed to ...

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