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Greening Old Buildings Worthwhile, But Costly

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The mayor and Council Speaker Christine Quinn are pushing a raft of proposals, meant to make existing buildings more energy efficient. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

The legislation would target buildings over 50,000 square feet, requiring owners to perform energy audits every 10 years, then make ...

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Bronx Boro President Election Quiet

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The selection of a new borough president doesn't seem to be raising much interest in the Bronx today. A special election is underway to fill the seat vacated by Adolfo Carrion, who's now director of the White House office of Urban Affairs. Poll coordinator Shirley ...

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Tribeca Film Festival Opens

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Tribeca Film Festival opens tomorrow, with 65 feature films from more than 30 countries. Filmmaker Spike Lee is screening two films at the festival for the first time this year. He says festivals are still the most important way for young filmmakers to get ...

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Disabled Tenants Sue City Over Elevators

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Disabled tenants say New York City's public housing agency is violating their rights by failing to properly maintain elevators. They announced a federal class-action lawsuit against the city. Phyllis Gonzalez lives on the 12th floor of the Chelsea Houses and relies on a wheelchair.

GONZALEZ: If ...

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Mayor Announces Cuts in Anti-Poverty Initiative

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg says he's cutting six programs, and keeping 11 others, in his anti-poverty initiative. In a speech before the Center for American Progress in Washington, the mayor says the programs being cut -- including a literacy program for returning inmates, and a program to ...

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Democrats Push Plan to Increase MTA Oversight

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Senate Democrats are pushing a new plan to increase oversight of the MTA as well as its funding. Majority Leader Malcolm Smith says the public deserves to know where its money is going.

SMITH: We inherited an MTA that has been dysfunctional, if you will, for ...

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Archibishop Dolan Installed

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The new archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan, has been officially installed. The two days of ceremonies reached their conclusion with the stamping of a letter from Pope Benedict and Dolan giving the homily in a mass at St. Patrick's. Barbara Li Cardi traveled from ...

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Last Minute Tax Dash

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

It's April 15th and plenty of New Yorkers who waited till the last minute are rushing to get their taxes in on time. At the Farley Post Office on eighth avenue and 34th street, WNYC caught up with Walter Elliot, who was in the midst ...

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Librarians Vital Aides for Job Seekers

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Since the economy went into tailspin last fall, librarians have been fielding some serious questions.

THORNTON: Everything from I’ve just lost my job how to I file for unemployment or I’m considering a career change where do I start?

Ann Thornton is director of reference and research ...

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Family of Injured Man Press Charges Against NYPD

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The family of a mentally ill man who was hospitalized after a confrontation with police this weekend say they will press charges against the NYPD.

Gamalier Reyes is schizophrenic. His sister Zully De La Cruz says he refused to take his medicine and his social worker ...

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City Placing 23 Percent More Workers in Jobs

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The city placed nearly 5,000 New Yorkers in jobs during the first three months of 2009, a 23 percent increase compared to the same time period in 2008. Mayor Bloomberg says the success of what's known as the Workforce One Career Centers has put the ...

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Official: MTA Might Face More Cuts

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The next round of transit fare hikes and service cuts hasn't even taken effect yet, and now an MTA official says more might be needed because of a sharper-than-expected decline in state tax revenues.

The chief financial officer of the MTA, Gary Dellaverson, cited the new ...

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Mayor Says MTA Needs Capital Cash...Or Else

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Straphangers get ready. Plummeting tax revenue and gridlock in Albany may force the MTA to impose even more service cuts and higher fare hikes to make ends meet. Mayor Bloomberg says if the state senate doesn't support the rescue plan passed by the governor and ...

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Finance Commissioner Under Fire

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The city's finance commissioner is under investigation for having a romantic relationship with a subordinate whose salary more than doubled in three years.

It's the third time in the last few weeks that Commissioner Martha Stark is at the center of an ethics controversy. In a ...

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Record Numbers of CUNY Students Apply for Aid

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Officials at CUNY are reporting a 33 percent spike in students applying for financial aid this year -- that's over the same period last year. Standing outside Baruch College earlier today, Congressman Anthony Weiner said that despite additional aid in the federal stimulus package, Congress ...

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Dolan Says He Seeks Egan's Advice

Monday, April 13, 2009

As Archbishop Timothy Dolan prepares to become the spiritual leader of New York's 2.5 million Catholics, he says he won’t be shy about turning to his predecessor, Cardinal Edward Egan.

DOLAN: "I gotta be honest – maybe administration would not be my strong suit. So I ...

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Sen. Gillibrand: Now Time for Health Care Reform

Monday, April 13, 2009

Despite the dismal economy, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says now is the time to produce an affordable health care plan for Americans. Gillibrand attended a roundtable in Harlem with health care reform advocates today.

GILLIBRAND: If we can address health care reform now, more of ...

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Transportation Commission Resigns

Monday, April 13, 2009

Governor Paterson has accepted the resignation of his Transportation Commissioner, Astrid Glynn, just a few days after she returned from vacation during state budget time.

In a statement, Paterson thanked Commissioner Glynn for putting together a plan to upgrade the state's rail systems and said he ...

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Bloomberg in Viriginia to Rally for Gun Control

Monday, April 13, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg was in Virginia Monday, to urge that state's lawmakers to close a loophole that allows private sellers at gun shows to skip full background checks. Bloomberg was joined by survivors and victims family members of the mass shooting at Virginia Tech. He unveiled ...

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Bed-Stuy Meadow

Monday, April 13, 2009

In a few weeks wild flowers will sprout up all over Bedford-Stuyvesant. That's the hope of activists who sowed the flowers over the weekend on untended land in the Brooklyn neighborhood. But the environmental project also raised questions -- about how to organize community action ...

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