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In Westchester, Cuomo Poised for a Loveless Victory

Thursday, October 30, 2014

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Gov. Cuomo and Rob Astorino are both hometown candidates for Westchester, but our news analysis finds that voters in this key bellwether county are still cranky heading to the polls.

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WNYC News

Westchester Cty Executive Expected to Launch NY Gubernatorial Bid

Monday, March 03, 2014

"The state is going in the wrong direction," Astorino says.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Obamacare Trouble; Westchester County Executive; NJ Road & Rail; Offensive Halloween

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sarah Kliff, health policy reporter for the Washington Post and Wonkblog, discusses Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius's testimony before Congress yesterday on the rough rollout of Obamacare. Plus: the candidates for Westchester County Executive; a look at New Jersey's road and rail and what the governor can and should do about it; Warren Lehrer on his new book A Life In Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley; and a chance for listeners to call in to ask a panel of judges whether your Halloween costume is offensive.

In Public: Essays from Laura Walker, President of New York Public Radio

WQXR: Serving Westchester!

Monday, July 29, 2013

July 29, 2013

 

Dear Listeners,

 

In 2009, New York Public Radio acquired WQXR from The New York Times Company, preserving one of the city’s finest cultural institutions and New York’s only all-classical music station.  As a public radio station, WQXR has thrived by offering the best in classical music programming on the radio, on digital devices and through exclusive live events.

Today, it gives me great pleasure to announce that New York Public Radio has acquired a Westchester station that will extend the reach of WQXR in Central and Northern Westchester.  As a consequence of the frequency change to 105.9 FM that came with the 2009 acquisition, we could no longer serve parts of Westchester.  We’ve been looking for opportunities to restore that service ever since.  This acquisition enables us to do just that and to expand even farther.

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WNYC News

Fathead Minnows: Free to Good Westchester County Homes

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

If you live in Westchester and have a pond on your property, the county's Health Department has a present for you.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Low-Income Mayoral Concerns; HIV Cure?; Threat to O.J.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Washington’s budget woes continue. A.B. Stoddard of The Hill talks about the latest in national politics. Then, Westchester Country Executive Rob Astorino on how to stop gun violence. Plus: a new study looks at what low-income New Yorkers are concerned about in the 2013 Mayoral race; the story of the Glide Memorial Methodist Church in San Francisco; the possible end of orange juice; the disease threatening orange juice; and the story of a baby cured of HIV.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Hillary Clinton Returns to Westchester

Monday, February 04, 2013

For the first time in twenty years, Hillary Clinton doesn't have a national political job. So, what should she do with her free time in Westchester?

Listeners, what would you recommend to the now Former Secretary of State? We'll take your suggestions at 212-433-9692...

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WNYC News

Montefiore Acquires Struggling Competitor

Thursday, January 24, 2013

A struggling Bronx hospital has succumbed to bankruptcy. But unlike many of those serving poor communities, Westchester Square Hospital is being acquired by another institution, which will transform it into a different kind of healthcare facility.

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Transportation Nation

NY Gov Cuomo: We're Paying for the New Tappan Zee With Tolls -- And Mass Transit Would Increase Them Even More

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (right), announcing an updated '511NY' system. (photo by governorandrewcuomo via flickr)

At a press conference today announcing the state's revamped 511 travel information system, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reiterated his position that putting transit over the Tappan Zee Bridge could double construction costs -- which would then be passed on to toll payers.

"Money matters," he said. "If you asked toll payers do they wanted to pay double the toll, my guess is the answer would be no.  If you asked the taxpayers do they want to pay $10 billion, the answer would be no."

But mass transit advocates dispute the state's cost estimates of adding bus rapid transit (BRT) to the new bridge.

Veronica Vanterpool, executive director of Tri-State Transportation Campaign, said New York had never accurately analyzed the cost of a simple BRT system and was relying instead on old projections for a much more elaborate project.  “If the state's BRT cost analysis only considered installing bus rapid transit in the context of a massive I-287 overhaul, it made a mistake," said Vanterpool in an email. "You don’t need to dig a tunnel to paint a bus lane."

Westchester County executive Rob Astorino echoed that thought Tuesday. In an appearance on the radio show "Live From the State Capitol," he said: "If the average mile is considered to be about $166 million, according to the state, that is about ten times more than the average bus rapid transit mile in the nation."

But Cuomo said during his press conference that his problem was not with the idea of transit, but with the reality of paying for it.

"In theory is a mass transit system across the state a great idea? Of course, of course," he said. "You're not going to get anyone -- certainly the people around this table -- to say anything but they support a robust mass transit system all across the state. The question then becomes the reality of the situation, and the cost of the situation. And to put in a bus system now, for Rockland County and Westchester would roughly double the cost, from five billion to ten billion. And that is a significant increase, and one that I believe is not advisable at this time."

Cuomo said the financing plan for the bridge had yet to be finalized, but one thing was certain: "The basic source of financing will be the tolls," he said. "So the bulk of the financing will come from the tolls. And that's why whatever the cost of the bridge is, whatever you add on is going to be financed by the tolls. And it's very simple at one point. We make it complicated. You can build whatever you want. You then have to pay for what you build."

When pressed about tolls, he said "we'll have it broken down to what the toll will go to for various options, and then the people will decide."

The governor has long said mass transit on the bridge would lead to toll hikes -- and that if the counties want it, they can pay for it. Earlier this year the governor's press office sent out an email saying "the Counties have no plans in place to construct these 64 miles of mass transit. The entire bridge is only three miles and will support mass transit, if and when the Counties build it."

In a phone interview with TN Tuesday, Rockland County executive Scott Vanderhoef called that type of thinking "cynical" and said a BRT system would serve more people than just Rockland and Westchester. "I don't buy that argument. It's a thruway system, a federally-funded, state-funded thruway system. And ultimately you're talking about multiple jurisdictions that it would have to serve...so it's a regionally important area."

"But," he said, "I'm also not insisting that [BRT] be built now." What he wants "is to move people across this bridge, a new bridge, in any way that you can...to keep them out of cars." Vanderhoef said he was encouraged by the state's recent announcement that it would create rush-hour bus lanes on the new bridge.

Vanderhoef and Astorino -- along with Putnam County executive MaryEllen Odell -- have asked the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council to defer voting on the Tappan Zee Bridge until they get more information about the project. "No one disagrees that the bridge needs to be replaced," Vanderhoef told TN. "The question is: what are you buying?" He said the final environmental impact statement, which will be released later this summer, would address those issues.

A NYMTC vote on the project -- which is necessary in order to secure federal funding -- could take place in September.

You can listen to Governor Cuomo's remarks below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WNYC News

Westchester State Senator Says She Won't Seek Re-Election

Friday, January 13, 2012

State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer from Westchester County said Thursday she won’t be seeking re-election this fall because she has to undergo major shoulder replacement surgery.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Tri-State Status Post-Irene

Friday, September 02, 2011

Connecticut Lieutenant Governor, Nancy Wyman, discusses the Connecticut recovery effort post Hurricane Irene; U.S. Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ 8th) who serves on House Budget and Ways and Means Committees, updates the situation in New Jersey; Nan Hayworth, U.S Representative (R-NY-19), surveys the flood damage around New York.

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