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Does the City Council Matter?

Monday, April 13, 2009

The City Council has 51 members, and a schedule chock full of meetings and hearings. But is it effective against a strong mayor and should there be changes to the way the Council operates? The latest issue of City Limits takes on the issue of ...

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Clandestine Beekeeping in NYC

Sunday, April 12, 2009

It’s springtime. The birds are chirping, and the bees are starting to buzz all around the five boroughs. But that doesn’t mean you’ll find local, New York City-made honey on a shelf in your grocery store. Hiving honeybees within city limits is against Health Code ...

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NY Lottery a Winner

Friday, April 10, 2009

The worst economic crisis in decades couldn't stop the New York State Lottery from posting record sales. The lottery reports New Yorkers spent $6.7 billion on jackpot and scratch games in the fiscal year that just ended and close to $1 billion at video gaming ...

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22 Arrested at New School Protest

Friday, April 10, 2009

Twenty-two people have been arrested for occupying a New School building near Union Square. The group wants President Bob Kerrey and the school's COO to resign.

But not all students at the university were happy with the protesters. David Eisenhauer, a senior who organizes around sustainability ...

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Auto Show Attendees Fixated on the Economy

Thursday, April 09, 2009

The New York Auto Show opens to the public today at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. WNYC's Ilya Marritz attended a preview for industry people and found no one has escaped the down economy.

REPORTER: Rene Abdallah is a good example of how the Detroit's problems ...

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The Stimulus Shuffle

Thursday, April 09, 2009

HOST: Mayor Bloomberg last week laid out a plan to spend $260 million in transportation money from the federal stimulus bill. It’ll go to the Brooklyn Bridge, the Staten Island Ferry terminal, and new sidewalk furniture in Bedford Stuyvesant – sort of. WNYC’s Matthew Schuerman ...

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Bloomberg and Unions Spar Over Cuts

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg shot back at union leaders who have criticized him for proposing more layoffs. He says he won't have to lay off 7,000 city workers if unions agree to contribute toward health care costs, and to create a new, cheaper pension tier for new ...

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Mayor Bloomberg "Greens" His Home

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg has been pushing New York to become a greener city. He's instituted a one million tree planting program, required municipal buildings to become more energy efficient and today was on hand for the announcement that the Brooklyn Navy Yards would be partly powered ...

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Governor Paterson Ready to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Now that Iowa and Vermont have done it, Governor Paterson says he's ready to put forth a measure to legalize same-sex marriage, even if the legislature doesn't appear ready to pass it.

PATERSON: Let the legislation go up or down based on whether people like it ...

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Whale Migration Season Brings Leviathans to NYC

Thursday, April 09, 2009

A whale spotted near the Verrazano Narrows Bridge this morning has headed towards more open waters near Coney Island. Spokeswoman Terry Frady with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says this is whale migration season and it's not unusual to see them in New York. ...

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Parents Cast "Straw" Votes for Education Councils

Thursday, April 09, 2009

City parents are participating in their first ever "straw vote" for members of Community Education Councils. The councils have little power except over school zoning. Their members are technically elected just by PTA leaders. But this year, the Department of Education created a symbolic vote, ...

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Commercial Rents Nosedive, Ripple Throughout NYC

Thursday, April 09, 2009

We’ve had a slew of reports this month, showing that commercial rents in Manhattan are falling fast - faster than they have since record keeping began in the 1980s. As financial firms, some of the city's largest employers, cut jobs, they're giving up the offices ...

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Second Hand Smoke Exposure High in NY

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Non-smoking New Yorkers are more likely to be exposed to second-hand cigarette smoke than those in the rest of the nation. The city's health department found 57 percent had a nicotine by-product in their blood, indicating exposure to second-hand smoke. That's compared to 45 percent ...

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City to Train Young to Plant Trees

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

We've been hearing a lot in the news about rising unemployment rates, and the threat of city and state layoffs. well, here's a story about job creation. The city is about to pay 20 young men and women to plant trees, as part of its ...

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City Prepares for Easter and Passover

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

This week is Holy Week for Christians, and churches across the city are flooded with parishioners, preparing for Easter. Jesuit priest James Martin of Saint Ignatius Loyola Church on the Upper East Side says giving things up for Lent this year has an added poignancy.

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NYCLU Suing MTA Over "Secret" Court

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

The New York Civil Liberties Union is suing the transit system over a secret court that tries people who allegedly break rules in the subways. The lead counsel in the case, Christopher Dunn, says the Transit Adjudication Bureau holds more than 22,000 hearings a year ...

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EPA Mulls Gowanus Canal for Superfund

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

How polluted is the Gowanus Canal? The federal Environmental Protection Agency wants to find out. It's proposing putting the industrial waterway in Brooklyn on its Superfund site. Councilman David Yassky, whose district includes the nearly two-mile long canal, says this is good news.

YASSKY: The Gowanus ...

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Mayor Denies Push Polling

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

In an unusual early start to his campaign, Mayor Bloomberg is already opening campaign offices, bringing in endorsements, organizing robocalls, polling and, as of today, advertising. Also today, the mayor found himself fending off questions about a New York Times report that his campaign is ...

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Governor: Don't Underestimate Dire Financial Crisis

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Governor Paterson says if New York's fiscal situation doesn't improve, more budget cuts and layoffs could be in store. The governor says corporate tax receipts were down in March and he's concerned that income tax revenue will be down, too. He says everything will be ...

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15th Anniversary of Rwandan Genocide

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the start of the genocide in Rwanda. Over the next 100 days in 1994, more than one million people -- minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus -- were killed. Among those dead -- the parents, siblings and grandparents of then-10-year-old ...

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