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City Council Says Paterson Shortchanging NYC Medicaid

Thursday, March 05, 2009

City Council members are decrying the way Governor Paterson allocated federal stimulus Medicaid money, saying the city deserves more than the $1.9 billion it's getting. Council members held a hearing on the stimulus money, hearing testimony from Bloomberg administration officials. They say they calculate that ...

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Community Board Approves $9 Billion Hudson Rail Tunnel

Thursday, March 05, 2009

The largest "Shovel Ready" project in the nation is here in Manhattan, and it cleared a small hurdle last night. Community Board Four, which covers West Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen, gave its approval to the Port Authority's plan to build a $9 billion passenger rail ...

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Paterson to Take 10 Percent Pay Cut

Thursday, March 05, 2009

With New York facing a $14 billion budget deficit, Governor Paterson says he'll take a ten percent pay cut. The governor, in Buffalo to meet with economic development and business officials, told reporters he would "symbolically make the gesture for the state," but he doesn't ...

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City State Brawl Over Medicaid Stimulus

Thursday, March 05, 2009

The distribution of Medicaid economic stimulus money in New York has spawned a full-on city-state brawl. It was started by Mayor Bloomberg, whose office issued a statement late last night accusing Governor Paterson of shortchanging the city. Congressman Anthony Weiner piled on today. His office ...

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MTA in Albany Urging Rescue Plan

Thursday, March 05, 2009

By the end of this month, commuters and straphangers should know how much more it will cost to get in and out of New York City. MTA officials are back in Albany this morning where they are trying to hash out an agreement on a ...

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NY Assembly Mull Repeal of Drug Laws

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The New York Assembly is poised to pass a repeal of the state's drug laws, ending the 36-year-old mandatory sentencing requirements of the Rockefeller Drug laws. While they've gradually been relaxed in the past five years, today's bill would give judges the discretion to sentence ...

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Skelos: Republicans Will Oppose MTA Plan

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

State Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos says no Republican will vote for the MTA rescue plan. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: While some New York City Democrats have been expressing concerns about the proposed tolls on the East River Bridges, Skelos says Republicans object to ...

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Drop in Homeless Living on Streets

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The city says a group of volunteers counting the homeless on a cold night in February found just over 2300 people. That's a 30 percent drop compared to last year. Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs says the results are counter-intuitive, given the economic crisis. But she ...

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Paterson: Save the MTA This Week

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Governor Paterson says this is the week to save the MTA. He says the state legislature has to agree on a plan to impose a new payroll tax, and East River bridge tolls, before negotiations can begin on the state's $13 billion budget deficit.

PATERSON: We ...

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Paterson Plays Down Popularity Poll

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

A spokesman for Governor Paterson is playing down the importance of new poll that shows a double digit drop in his popularity. The Marist College Survey shows Governor Paterson with the lowest approval rating of any New York governor in the 27-year history of the ...

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Bloomberg to Complaining Parents: Duh!

Monday, March 02, 2009

The first snow day for New York City public schools in five years has brought some criticism from parents. A decision to close the schools was reached at 5:40 this morning, but at a news conference today Mayor Bloomberg expressed little sympathy for parents who ...

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Clash of Charter and Traditional Schools

Monday, March 02, 2009

Some Harlem parents want the city to stop moving charter schools into traditional public school buildings. The Community Education Council for District 5 has drafted a resolution saying charters create a distraction when they have to share space with regular schools. The Council has advisory ...

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NYC to Receive $841 Million in Extra Food Stamps

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Federal stimulus money will bring an estimated $841 million in extra food stamp benefits to New York City. This means that starting in April each one of the 1.3 million New Yorkers who use food stamps will see a 13 percent increase every month. WNYC's ...

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ACORN Protest at LI Sheriff's Office

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Long Island families facing foreclosure and members of the advocacy group ACORN gathered outside the sheriff's office in Nassau County today. The group demanded that he suspend all evictions from foreclosed homes until President Obama's homeowners' recovery package goes into effect. They also insisted that ...

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William Tatum Dies at 76

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The publisher emeritus of the New York Amsterdam News has died. The Harlem newspaper announced that Wilbert Tatum died Wednesday evening at a hospital in Croatia, where he was vacationing with his wife Susan. Tatum, who was diabetic, died after multiple organ shutdown, according to ...

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Toll on East River Bridges Gains Support

Thursday, February 26, 2009

A push to put tolls on East River Bridges is gaining momentum. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he'll support the bridge tolls that have been proposed in an MTA rescue plan. But he says those tolls should be $2 not $4-15. Mayor Bloomberg says he's ...

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Paterson on NY Stimulus: Speed Over Accuracy

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Governor Paterson pulled out a baseball reference to describe how he thinks federal stimulus money should be spent in New York. Speaking to Brian Lehrer on WNYC this morning, Paterson said money for transportation projects should be spent the way St. Louis Cardinal Ozzie Smith ...

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NYC Council Special Elections Results

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Voters have chosen three New York City Council members.

In yesterday's special election, in Queens Julissa Ferreras won in the 21 Council District and Eric Ulrich in the 32. Ken Mitchell won in the 49 in Staten Island.

The winners of the nonpartisan special election will serve ...

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Dividing Up Stimulus Cash

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Governor Paterson met publicly with legislative leaders to brief them on the transportation grants that New York will receive as part of the federal stimulus package. Lawmakers have expressed concern that they might be left out of the decision-making process for the distribution of billions ...

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Weekend Subway Lines To Run Less Often

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The MTA is changing its calculation for how frequently some weekend subway lines will run. But the agency says even though the move will save money, it's not really a service cut. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

The cash-strapped transit agency says it can save $4.4 ...

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