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Working Families Party Rallies Against MTA Hikes

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

The Working Families party is getting into the fight against subway fare hikes - the first formal political response to the stalemate in Albany on an MTA bailout package. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein has more.

The Working Families Party was a major player in the democratic takeover ...

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Mayor Releases First TV Campaign Ads

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

The mayoral election is more than six months away but New Yorkers will soon hear the first TV ad to be released by the Bloomberg campaign. The ad focuses on the troubled economy and shows Bloomberg speaking to working New Yorkers, business executives and others. ...

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Schumer and Gillibrand Tour Shooting Site

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Police say they have no reason to doubt the authenticity of a letter sent to an upstate TV station, forecasting last week's mass shooting in Binghampton. Police chief Joe Zikusky says the letter that apparently was written by the shooter, Jiverly Wong, has been handed ...

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DA Indicts Chinese Businessman on Iran Arms Charge

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau unsealed a sweeping indictment of a fugitive Chinese businessman, who he says is illegally funneling money through New York City banks, to sell materials to Iran for making nuclear weapons.

MORGENTHAU: Seventy percent of the world's business is done in dollars, ...

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Fly Girlz

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

It’s a time honored way to cope with the stress of growing up in a tough neighborhood: you make music about it. A group of girls from Brownsville are telling their story, with a little help from some new friends.


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Commercial Rents Nose Dive in 2009

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Commercial rents in Manhattan took a big nose dive in the first three months of this year. Cushman and Wakefield reports the six percent drop is the largest the company has seen since it started tracking commercial rents in the mid-80s. Joseph Harbert is chief ...

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Bloomberg: A Positive Campaign

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg released his first campaign ad for his re-election bid and, not surprisingly, it focuses on jobs and the economy. A central argument in the mayor's bid for a third term is that he's best equipped to steer the city through a fiscal crisis.

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Local Groups Raise Relief for Quake Victims

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Local Italian-American groups are collecting donations to help the victims of the earthquake in Italy. Dr. Joseph Scelsa is the president of the Italian-American Museum on Mulberry Street in Manhattan. He's part of a group that's set up a relief fund at the museum.

SCELSA: We ...

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NYC Appeals Launches Appeal to Gay and Lesbian Tourists

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

New York City is launching a nearly $2 million marketing campaign called the "Rainbow Pilgrimage" to attract more gay and lesbian tourists. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the conflict between gay New Yorkers and the NYPD that sparked the modern ...

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Empire State Building Going Green

Monday, April 06, 2009

The Empire State Building already glows green, for holidays like Saint Patrick's Day. Now, the iconic skyscraper is GOING green, with a major environmental makeover that is expected to cut its carbon emissions by 38 percent. Iain Campbell is with Johnson Controls, which helped plan ...

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Dismal Poll Numbers for Governor Paterson

Monday, April 06, 2009

New Yorkers' opinion of Governor David Paterson is so low, many think he should reconsider running for re-election. A new poll released by Quinnipiac University shows voters disapprove of the job Paterson is doing, 60 percent to 28 percent. That's the lowest approval rating EVER ...

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Solace for Returning Combat Troops

Friday, April 03, 2009

The New York Army National Guard now requires that troops returning from combat attend two weekends of training. They don’t involve drills or briefings on new equipment. Instead, the citizen-soldiers attend workshops, including suicide prevention, alcohol and traffic safety, tools for facing troubling feelings that ...

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Protesters Condemn Bank Bailout

Friday, April 03, 2009

More than 200 people marched, chanted and sang their way through the streets of Lower Manhattan this afternoon, protesting the government's bailout of banks. They stopped in front of three of buildings occupied by AIG's buildings and other buildings occupied by banks and demanded that ...

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NYS Senate Rolls Back 70s Drug Laws

Friday, April 03, 2009

The State Senate has approved sweeping changes to the "Rockefeller drug laws," as part of the state budget. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: The rollback of the strict drug laws on the books since the days of Governor Nelson Rockefeller in the 1970s was accomplished ...

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The Yankees Opens Its New Doors

Friday, April 03, 2009

Yesterday, nearly 20,000 people toured the new Yankee Stadium during an Open House. Most were in awe of the grandiose billion-dollar structure, but others remained ambivalent about what the facility can do for people in the Bronx. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

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NYC Weighs Water Rate Hike

Friday, April 03, 2009

Today the city's Water Board is expected to consider a double digit water rate hike. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: The proposal to increase water bills by 14 percent follows a similar boost last year. City Council Finance Chair David Weprin says the back-to-back hikes ...

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SUNY Budget Raises Ire

Friday, April 03, 2009

Some students and administrators are protesting next fiscal year's proposed budget for SUNY schools. Shirley Strum Kenny, the president of SUNY Stony Brook, is angry that diminishing state aid will effectively offset revenue from recent tuition hikes.

KENNY: It is being hijacked to go into the ...

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Clinics Benefit from Federal Fast-Track Funding

Friday, April 03, 2009

Local health clinics are looking forward to expanding staff and services, thanks to ‘fast-track’ funding from the federal stimulus package. Elizabeth Howell of the Community Healthcare Network says her nine-clinic group hopes to being hiring new doctors with the $500,000 she expects to get in ...

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Councilman de Blasio: NYC Stimulus Transparency Needed

Thursday, April 02, 2009

In an effort to encourage transparency and accountability, Councilman Bill de Blasio has introduced legislation that would require all New York City recipients of federal stimulus funds to report exactly how the money will be spent, and what impact it will have on the economy.

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Brooklyn DA Hynes Indicts 43 in Drug Ring

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Brooklyn district attorney Charles Hynes has indicted 43 people involved in what he calls a $2 million drug ring. The 26-year-old accused of running the sophisticated drug operation, Eric "Fat Eddy" Rodriguez, was arrested on March 20th when he was heard on a phone tap ...

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