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Custodian Accused of Bilking School

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A custodian at West Side High School in Manhattan is accused of organizing a payroll scheme in which he stole nearly $100,000 from the Education Department. The Special Commissioner of Investigations for the city schools claims Philip Portelli clocked two fellow custodians for overtime and ...

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Cuomo Demands to See AIG Contracts

Monday, March 16, 2009

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has issued subpoenas to AIG, demanding that the troubled insurance firm detail who is getting big bonuses. Cuomo also wants to see the contracts that supposedly force AIG to make good on executive bonuses. He told reporters in a ...

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MTA: Reduction in Service If Rescue Plan Not Approved

Friday, March 13, 2009

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is reaffirming its pledge to eliminate several bus lines, and the W and Z trains and hike fares as much as 30 percent, if New York Senate Democrats don't get behind a financial rescue plan by March 25th. That's when the ...

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Dept. of Ed Says Small Classes Cost Big Money

Friday, March 13, 2009

The city's Department of Education says it can't afford to reduce class sizes as much as many parents would like. At a State Assembly Education Committee hearing today, Deputy Chancellor Chris Cerf laid out what it would cost to reduce average class sizes by 10 ...

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Madoff Investors React to Plea

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Bernard Madoff was led away from a federal courtroom in Lower Manhattan in handcuffs, after he pleaded guilty to all 11 counts of fraud in a massive Ponzi scheme that wiped out many people's investments. More than 100 spectators crammed into the courtroom.

Madoff did not ...

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FTA Extends Deadline for Transit Stimulus

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The definition of "shovel-ready" is shifting. The federal government is giving transit agencies, including the MTA, more than a year to spend its federal stimulus money. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more. REPORTER: House Democrats had wanted to give transit agencies just three months to commit ...

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Bloomberg Fortune Intact, Says $$ Not a Factor in Mayoral Race

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Other billionaires may have taken a hit during this recession, but not Mayor Bloomberg. According to Forbes Magazine's survey of the world's wealthiest, Bloomberg's fortunes blossomed while others wilted. The magazine's annual list of billionaires ranks Bloomberg number 17 in the world with $16 billion. ...

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Chancellor Klein Supports National Standards

Thursday, March 12, 2009

City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein says he agrees with President Obama's call for national standards. Currently, all the states have their own math and reading tests which are often easier than the national exams used for comparing scores in the US to those of other ...

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Movie Producers Say Renew Tax Credit

Thursday, March 12, 2009

A popular state tax credit for TV and film production has run out of funds. Actors, crew members and union reps are asking Governor Paterson to extend the credit, and make it permanent. Local movie producer John Penotti says that without the credit, jobs will ...

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Paterson Tables Unpopular Taxes

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

New Yorkers who download music from the internet, get haircuts, and belong to a gym have dodged potential taxes on those activities. Governor Paterson reached an agreement with state lawmakers to pull the unpopular taxes from his budget proposal, and use federal stimulus money to ...

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Paterson Says MTA's March 25th Deadline Firm

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Governor Paterson is continuing to push for quick passage of the MTA's rescue plan to avert significant service cuts and a dramatic fare increase. He insisted that the March 25th deadline set by the authority for the legislature's approval was a real one.

PATERSON: I think ...

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Crane Collapse Blamed on Workers

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A report commissioned by the city's Buildings Department blames the crane collapse that killed seven people last March on workers, who didn't use the right equipment or procedures to raise the crane. Commissioner Robert LiMandri says his inspectors would not have caught the mistakes because, ...

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Demand Growing at NYC Food Pantry

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

As unemployment grows, more New Yorkers are having a hard time putting food on the table. The increased need is straining the city's nearly one thousand food pantries. Eileen Markey spent an evening waiting on line at one of them, and has this story for ...

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Down in Polls, Paterson Takes the Long View

Monday, March 09, 2009

Governor Paterson's approval ratings are at historic lows. But he's trying to win back some support, one voter at a time. WNYC's Arun Venugopal followed him during yesterday's St. Patrick's Day parade on Staten Island.

SOLAZZO: Your governor, your governor!

REPORTER: That's John Solazzo, a Staten Island ...

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Paterson Wants Stimulus for NY Rail

Monday, March 09, 2009

Governor Paterson released New York's plan to get federal stimulus money for high speed rail service. If the state got the money, the governor is proposing spending it to improve passenger rail service, from Niagara Falls to New York City. State officials say they've identified ...

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NJ Senator Warns Against "Retention Awards"

Monday, March 09, 2009

A member of the Senate's powerful Banking Committee says he's concerned that banks that got bailout money may be bending the rules to give big bonuses that are illegal under a new law. New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez says some banks are offering "retention awards" ...

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Paterson Peeves Environmental Groups

Friday, March 06, 2009

Governor David Paterson's decision to reconsider a rule that would help reduce power plant emissions has infuriated good government and environmental groups. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports. After privately meeting with energy industry representatives, Governor Paterson has agreed to take a look at a rule that ...

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Foreclosed Homes Magnet for Crime

Friday, March 06, 2009

Foreclosed homes aren't just an eyesore and a drag on property values. A new report suggests they're also a magnet for illegal activity. Community activist group ACORN says Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods with high foreclosure rates saw crime increase last year. Mary Fortune has lived ...

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Bloomberg Troubled by Charitable Tax Deduction Reduction

Friday, March 06, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg is troubled by President Obama's budget proposal, which would reduce tax deductions for charity donations.

Bloomberg personally gave $205 million to over a thousand different charitable organizations last year. He says with endowments down and charitable giving low, this is a bad time for ...

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Watch Out for Recession Scams

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Government agencies are warning of a sharp rise in frauds targeting people who have fallen into financial hardship because of the recession.

Mindy Bockstein, chair of the New York State Consumer Protection Board, says she saw a 300 percent increase last year in so-called "phishing scams" ...

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