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Silver Not Satisfied With MTA Plan

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says the MTA bailout deal that Senate Democrats tentatively agreed to last night does not have enough money for capital projects.

SILVER: I am mindful of the 70s when the system was allowed to deteriorate and I think what ...

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Law Proposes More Oversight of Education Department

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Two state lawmakers from New York City are introducing a bill that would subject the Department of Education to more scrutiny. Queens Assemblyman Rory Lancman says the legislation he co-sponsored with Assemblyman Daniel Squadron addresses a gray area that came about when the mayor was ...

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Kick Off for Kosher Tequila

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

It's Cinco de Mayo -- a celebration of Mexican independence and culture and a day to introduce what its creators claim is the world's first kosher Tequila. Star Industries President Marty Silver says the new product isn't just for Cinco de Mayo in Boro Park:

SILVER: ...

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"Billy Elliot" Leads Tony Nominations

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Born to Boogie and perhaps, Born for Awards? That's the question being asked of the Broadway musical, "Billy Elliot," which leads the pack among the shows receiving a Tony Award nomination this morning. The show, a transplant from England, received 15 nods. "Next to Normal" ...

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South Bronx Native on Supreme Short List

Friday, May 01, 2009

A South Bronx native is on the short list of possible replacements for Supreme Court Justice David Souter who has announced he's retiring.

Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, is one of several women - and the ...

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Cuomo Issues Subpoenas in Pension Fund Investigation

Friday, May 01, 2009

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has announced he is issuing subpoenas to more than 100 investment firms and their representatives. It's a new line of inquiry in the fast-moving investigation into alleged corruption at the New York State and City pension funds.

In a conference call today, ...

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May is Bike Month

Friday, May 01, 2009

Too tired to take the subway, try pushing pedals on a two wheeler. This month is Bike Month and starting next week there will be 630 free bicycle rentals at Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport. Riders must reserve their bike online first, but ...

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School Construction Not Cut in Budget

Friday, May 01, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg says his budget was able to protect school construction from additional cuts. The capital plan includes $11.3 billion over the next four years -- enough to build 25,000 seats. But 8,000 of those seats are being carried over from the current capital plan, ...

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Reviewing Bloomberg's Budget

Friday, May 01, 2009

Today Mayor Bloomberg rolled out an austere $60 billion budget plan for next year that tries to keep the City's basic services intact despite a continued slide in every category of City tax revenues. He calls for laying off almost 4,000 City workers but says ...

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Mayor Bloomberg Unveils His 2010 Budget

Friday, May 01, 2009

In addition to billions in budget cuts and nearly 4,000 layoffs at city agencies, Mayor Bloomberg's budget plan unveiled today includes $1.4 billion in savings and new revenue that will depend largely on Albany. Bloomberg will need state lawmakers to allow him to expand the ...

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Immigrants Rally for Equal Rights

Friday, May 01, 2009

Immigrants demanding equal rights and fair treatment rallied at Madison Square Park in Manhattan today. A woman who would only identify herself as Mary from Zimbabwe held up a sign that read stop separating families. She says she wants to bring her children and grandchildren ...

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The Job Interview as Art Installation

Friday, May 01, 2009

Up at MOMA, a Kafka-inspired installation from the German artist Martin Kippenberger sits in the museum's atrium. It puts together more than 50 tables and chairs -- set up to look like settings for job interviews. Curator Ann Tempkin says the piece has a special ...

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City Health Commissioner: Flu Remains Mild

Friday, May 01, 2009

The mayor and the city health commissioner are doing their best to reassure New Yorkers about the spread of swine flu. As the number of cases continues to grow in the city and the nation, Commissioner Thomas Freiden says people should feel reassured that the ...

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Library Staff Fear Mayor's Budget Mean Cuts

Friday, May 01, 2009

The people who run the city's libraries are concerned about the job and social service cuts in Mayor Bloomberg's latest budget plan. Paul LeClerc is president of the New York Public Library and says in the last twelve months the city's three library systems have ...

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To Mask Or Not to Mask?

Thursday, April 30, 2009

To mask or not to mask one's face, that's one question on the minds of New Yorkers thinking about the swine flu. Jeremy Beiler [BY-ler] is an actor who arrived at work on a bike in the West Village. He says he's reluctant to travel ...

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Biden Modifies Travel Advice

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Vice president Joe Biden says he's told his family to stay out of confined spaces because of swine flu, including airplanes, and mass transit.

BIDEN: I would not at this point be suggesting they ride the subway.

Biden's remarks, made this morning on NBC's Today Show, prompted ...

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Bloomberg: Swine Flu Likely at P.S. 177

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg says he expects federal officials to confirm the presence of swine flu at P.S. 177 in Queens. The special ed school is blocks from Saint Francis Prep, the epicenter of New York City's outbreak. So far, there are 49 confirmed cases of swine ...

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Collapsed Building Cited in Past

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Buildings officials are working to shore up a five-story building in Lower Manhattan that partially collapsed this morning. The building, near Reade and Church Streets, was vacant, and undergoing renovations. No one was injured. Just yesterday, buildings inspectors issued citations for loose bricks and for ...

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MTA: More Deficits Loom

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says the economy is looking so bad, the agency will have a $621 million deficit this year, and a $1 billion deficit next year. But Chief Financial Officer Gary Dellaverson told MTA board members there are currently no plans for additional ...

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Car? What Car?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Are you getting robo calls, warning you that your car warranty is about to expire and you don't even have a car? Everyone at WNYC has been getting them. Turns out Verizon Wireless has reached a settlement with two telemarketing companies that have been offering ...

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