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Department of Labor Educates Workers on Labor Laws

Thursday, April 02, 2009

The Department of Labor is using immigrant groups and labor unions to educate workers and employers about state labor laws. Alex Lazaro from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union says his group will cover the lower and upper east side as well as Harlem:

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New Yorkers Frolic As Spring Arrives

Thursday, April 02, 2009

On this gorgeous spring day, students from the Waldorf School in Brooklyn are using today's good weather to stretch their legs and shed their winter gear. Six-year-old kindergartener Zisi Blades drew an airplane in the dirt in Fort Greene Park. He says he was saving ...

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Paterson Defends Budget to Business

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Governor Paterson defended his budget in front a ballroom full of business people this morning, many of whom will be paying an 8.97 percent state income tax.

Speaking at a breakfast sponsored by the Association for a Better New York, he called the $132-billion budget balanced ...

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Open Spaces in NYS Get Funding

Thursday, April 02, 2009

New York State is funding some $81 million in bike paths and public spaces. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein has more.

BERNSTEIN: A greenway in the south Bronx, a riverfront bike path in Brooklyn and a plaza in Queens are among nine projects to get about $20 million ...

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Paterson Pledges to Stop MTA Fare Hike

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Governor Paterson is threatening to force state legislators to approve a plan to avert the MTA fare hikes that are scheduled to go into effect at the end of May. But WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports he isn't giving them a firm deadline. Addressing business leaders ...

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On the Other Side of 25,000 Evictions

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Everyday we’re hearing about foreclosures and evictions, about people getting tossed out of their homes during this economic crisis. In New York City, there is a band of 48 marshals who evict people for a living. They do more than 25,000 evictions a year. You ...

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Brooklyn Launches Program for Sex Crime Victims

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Orthodox Jewish leaders and the Brooklyn District Attorney's office are launching a new initiative to fight sexual abuse in their community, after a sharp rise in reported cases. DA Charles Hynes says the initiative is called Kol Tzedek, "Voice of Justice."

Hynes: In the book of ...

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Taxi Fee on Table in MTA Bailout

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Lawmakers in Albany are still trying to come up with a way to rescue the MTA, and prevent big fare hikes and service cuts. The latest idea: a 50 cent fee on all cab rides. The news has angered cabbies, who say the fee would ...

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Supreme Court Rules Cost Issue in Plant Upgrade

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the government may consider cost when deciding if Indian Point and other nuclear power plants must upgrade. Alex Matthiessen is president of Riverkeeper - among the groups that sued the EPA over the plants cooling system. He says ...

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Vietnam Remembered in Poetry and Jazz

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

On this first day of Poetry month, Pulitzer prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa meets up with jazz violinist Billy Bang. They're both veterans who have used their art to deal with painful memories. More on Billy Bang and Yusef Komunyakaa


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B23 Faces the Axe in MTA Crisis

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

If the MTA doesn’t get its bailout package from Albany, at least 24 bus lines will be totally cut by the end of spring. One of those is the B23 in Brooklyn, which winds from Borough Park into Flatbush. WNYC’s Ailsa Chang spent a good ...

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DOE Criticized for Out-of-State Contracts

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

City lawmakers say the Department of Education should follow the same standards as other agencies when awarding contracts. At a hearing today, lawmakers criticized the department for taking money away from the city's small businesses in favor of larger out of state companies. But the ...

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Bloomberg Meets With GOP Leaders

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg continues to work his charm to get on the Republican Party ballot line in November's election, meeting with local, state and national Republicans this evening.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele says the leadership hasn't made a decision yet, but he hasn't forgotten that ...

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Federal Stimulus Increases NY Food Stamps

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Low income New Yorkers are now reaping the benefits of federal stimulus funds. Food stamps went up 13 percent today. That means an additional $40 a month for families like Ann Valdez and her son.

VALDEZ: I guess the best thing I can say is this ...

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Quinn: Eliminate Income Tax for Poor

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Even as City Council economists predict a worsening economy, Speaker Christine Quinn is pressing ahead with her plan to eliminate income taxes on New York's poorest households. She says it's possible if the budget is tightened.

QUINN: I think it is very important that the city ...

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Expansion of Bottle Bill

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A five-cent refundable deposit will be tacked on to the price of bottled water and other non-carbonated bottled beverages under Governor Paterson's budget proposal. The expansion of New York's bottle bill means consumers can get those five pennies back if they return their bottles to ...

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Report: Bias in Hiring Restaurant Workers

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A new report from a restaurant workers group finds deep disparities in who's working in the front and the back of the house.

The report on expensive restaurants in the city shows discrimination and occupational segregation is often the norm. The study sent applicants to apply ...

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NY and NJ See Prison Numbers Drop

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A new report says New York and New Jersey are the only states where inmate populations have dropped. The Sentencing Project, a prison reform group, says New York saw a 12 percent decline, and New Jersey an 11 percent decrease, since 2001. Executive director, Marc ...

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Kelly: Expand the Ring of Steel

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly wants to expand a security strategy in Lower Manhattan to Midtown. The Ring of Steel is modeled on a London system that networks hundreds of video surveillance cameras and license plate readers to help police monitor traffic for suspicious activity.

KELLY: All ...

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Governor Raises Ire of Unions

Monday, March 30, 2009

The state budget process appears to be exacting a toll on Governor Paterson's relationship with the state employee unions. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more. REPORTER: The governor has taken a hard line on spending, including a vow to lay off 8,900 workers if unions aren't ...

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