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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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Governor Reveals $131.8 Billion Budget

Monday, March 30, 2009

Governor Paterson and legislative leaders formally unveiled their spending plan for the fiscal year that begins on Wednesday. The $131.8 billion budget relies on federal stimulus money, a slew of new taxes, including ones on the wealthy, and slower health care growth to bridge a ...

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NYC Taxes Revenues Eroding

Monday, March 30, 2009

Just as the City Council and the Bloomberg Administration digest the small print in Albany's budget deal, there's more bad news for the city from the Independent Budget Office. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more. REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg's proposed budget for next year appeared balanced just ...

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Office Sales Plummet in 2008

Saturday, March 28, 2009

A new report shows that office sales activity in Manhattan dropped off a cliff in 2008, and most of the sales that did take place, were forced sales. That is, owners sold their office buildings because they couldn't pay back their lenders. WNYC's Lisa Chow ...

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Rock Reformed

Friday, March 27, 2009

Governor Paterson and leaders of the Assembly and Senate announced a deal that brings sweeping reforms to New York's 1970s-era Rockefeller drug laws. The bill gives judges the discretion to send addicted, nonviolent offenders to rehab, instead of imposing mandatory prison sentences.

Drug abuse is an ...

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How Will New York Select Its Stimulus Projects?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

New York State just released an 800-page list of proposed projects to be funded under the Recovery Act. It says it is up to local planning organizations to winnow down the lists. But meanwhile, New Jersey has already settled on its projects. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein ...

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Bloomberg: Fare Hikes Lesser of Two Evils

Thursday, March 26, 2009

One day after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved a fare hike and service cuts to cover a $1.2 billion budget gap, Mayor Bloomberg says the 25 percent fare increase is the lesser of two evils.

BLOOMBERG: That’s not good for our economy, it’s not good for ...

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Freedom Tower Gets Tenant, New Name

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Port Authority has its first commercial tenant for the Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center site and a new name for the building.

Bejing Vantone, a Chinese firm that promotes trade between the US and China, will lease five floors in the tower slated ...

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DOE Needs Stimulus Funds to Prevent Layoffs

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Schools chancellor Joel Klein says Albany may shortchange local schools, and not deliver the full amount of federal stimulus funds the city deserves. At a Council hearing today, he says the city may have to lay off 4,000 people, including 2,000 teachers.

KLEIN: If we ...

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Questioning the Dollar's Dominance

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will once again take questions from members of Congress today.

But he took a break from the beltway yesterday, while speaking before an audience at the Council on Foreign Relations on Manhattan's Upper East Side. WNYC's Lisa Chow reports.

REPORTER: It probably had ...

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Photography: Into the Sunset & Faces of a Village

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Two new photography exhibitions demonstrate how places, as much as people, can provide artistic inspiration. This Sunday, MoMA unveils a new exhibition called, "Into The Sunset". It's a survey of 150 photographs of the American West -- from 1850 through 2008.

Curator Eva Respini hopes the ...

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MTA Approves Fare Hikes

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The MTA's board gave its approval to a deficit-reducing budget that will mean a $2.50 bus and subway ride, a $6.50 Battery Tunnel and RFK bridge toll, and a $13 one-way charge to cross the Verrazano bridge. WNYC's has more.

In a series of three 12-1 ...

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U.N. Tribute to Slavery Victims

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

That's United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon banging on a ceremonial drum from Cameroon.

He was at the U.N. marking its annual day of remembrance for the victims of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. It's also a day when the organization tries to draw attention to modern-day ...

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Bloomberg and Weingarten Lobby for Education

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

As state lawmakers meet on the budget, Mayor Bloomberg and teachers union president Randi Weingarten went to Albany today to lobby for education money. The two met with the governor, as well as Assembly and Senate leaders.

Weingarten called school aid a "lifeline" to city students ...

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Mayor Bloomberg: Not Warm and Fuzzy but Efficient

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Despite budget problems, and his successful, but hard-fought, bid to extend term limits so he can run again, voters still like Mayor Bloomberg. The latest Quinnipiace Universtiy poll shows the mayor with an approval rating of 64 percent. But it also found that 55 percent ...

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Paterson Orders Layoffs of 8,900

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

As state tax revenues continue to decline and state unions stand firm on their contracts, Governor Paterson says he has no choice but to lay off almost 9,000 state workers. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: A spokesman for the state's Division of Budget says the ...

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Report: NY Mistreats Drug-Addicted Inmates

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A human rights group says New York State's prisons engage in cruel and inhuman punishment when it comes to their drug-addicted inmates. Human Rights Watch says inmates found with drugs are put in disciplinary segregation, known as the "box," for 23 hours a day for ...

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Two NYC Spelling Bee Contenders

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Thirteen year olds Talia Weisberg and Thomas Harkins, New York City eighth graders, spelled their way to trophies this week. The New York City spelling bee champions competed against 88 other students from all five boroughs, ranging from fifth to eighth grade. The two-day competition ...

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State Government Debate $120-Billion Budget

Monday, March 23, 2009

Governor Paterson says he and other government leaders continue to struggle over his proposed $120-billion budget. Along with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, Paterson said crucial issues like health care cuts, property tax rebates and how to apply stimulus money ...

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300,000 Don't Claim Earned Income Tax Credit

Friday, March 20, 2009

Governor David Paterson is encouraging low income New Yorkers to take advantage of the earned income tax credit available on tax filings. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

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