Ailsa Chang

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Senate to Vote: Censure or Expulsion for Sen. Monserrate

Monday, February 08, 2010

New York's State Senate expects to vote tomorrow on whether Senator Hiram Monserrate should be censured or expelled from office. The Queens Democrat was convicted of a misdemeanor last year for recklessly assaulting his girlfriend, and a special senate committee said his conduct since that ...

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"Ah? I Couldn't Hear What You Had to Say?"

Thursday, February 04, 2010

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg does not like talking about his new hearing aid. That was clear today at a news conference when he chided reporters who asked the mayor about ...

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Immigration Advocates Call for Release of Detainees Held in NYC

Monday, February 01, 2010

Immigration advocates are demanding the release of immigrant detainees set to be transferred from a Lower Manhattan facility to a New Jersey jail. The Varick Detention facility will close this month, and Benita Jain, co-director of the Immigrant Defense Project, says it's a good time ...

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Brooklyn Armory Converted to Resource Center for Haitians

Friday, January 29, 2010

An armory in Brooklyn is being turned into a one-stop resource center for Haitian New Yorkers struggling in the aftermath of Haiti's devastating earthquake.

Gov. David Paterson and Mayor Michael Bloomberg say the National Guard Armory in Crown Heights will provide services such as grief counseling, ...

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Mayor's Budget Cuts Jobs, But No Tax new Taxes

Friday, January 29, 2010

Mayor Bloomberg says the city needs to close a 5 billion dollar budget deficit by making deep cuts. WNYC's Ailsa Chang has the details.

REPORTER: He says you don't measure the quality of city services by the quantity of city spending. So he's looking to lay ...

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Bloomberg, Business Group Want Terror Trials Moved

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been pushing the federal government to pay for security costs if the trials of Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and four other 9/11 detainees are held in Lower Manhattan.

Now, he says, he just wishes President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder would consider ...

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With Midterm Elections Looming, Rangel Ethics Probe Grinds On

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

With Republicans galvanized by a victory in Massachusetts and a new Supreme Court decision allowing corporations to spend freely on campaign ads, Democratic incumbents are heading into this year’s midterm elections with some frayed nerves. It doesn't help that on the horizon is the ethics ...

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State Senate Proceeding Carefully on Monserrate

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The head of the New York Senate's Democratic Majority, John Sampson, says he'll address party members next week about a resolution calling for the expulsion of Sen. Hiram Monserrate. Sampson says he wants to proceed carefully.

"I'm a lawyer by training, and we just want to ...

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NYC May Be a Model for New Campaign Finance System

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Now that a U.S. Supreme Court ruling has removed limits on independent corporate political expenditures, reform advocates are pointing to New York City's campaign finance system as a potential model.

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NYC May Provide New Model After Supreme Court Campaign-Finance Ruling

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Now that a U.S. Supreme Court ruling has removed limits on independent corporate political expenditures, reform advocates are pointing to New York City's campaign finance system as a potential model.

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy is counsel for the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU, which works for campaign ...

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Full Senate to Determine Monserrate's Future

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Now that a special state Senate committee has decided that Hiram Monserrate should be expelled or censured, it's up to the full Senate to decide the Queens Democrat's political fate. WNYC's Ailsa Chang reports.

REPORTER: Majority Conference leader John Sampson says he'll definitely allow a vote ...

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Monserrate Says He'll 'Fight to the End'

Friday, January 15, 2010

Queens State Sen. Hiram Monserrate remains defiant after a special senate committee said he's "unfit" to serve in the senate and should be expelled or censured.

The committee has been investigating him since he was convicted for misdemeanor assault in October for dragging girlfriend throughout his ...

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Female Lawmakers in Albany Speak in Support of Gillibrand

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Amidst reports that former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford Jr. will run against Kirsten Gillibrand for U.S. Senate, some female lawmakers in Albany are speaking up for her. They say it's important to have women serve in the male-dominated Senate, where only 17 of the 100 ...

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Lawyers for Terror Suspect Want Case Thrown Out

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Lawyers for the man accused of the 1998 bombings of U-S embassies in Africa say the case should be thrown out because their client didn't get a speedy trial. Ahmed Ghailani joins a growing list of high-profile suspected terrorists facing charges in New York. WNYC's ...

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AG Cuomo Settles With Health-Care Facilities Over Drug Disposal

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Five upstate hospitals and nursing homes have been dumping pharmaceutical waste into the New York City watershed, according to Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. He says the facilities in Delaware and Putnam counties have agreed to pay fines, and start programs to "take back" unused medication ...

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Bloomberg Helps Census Bureau Roll Out 2010 Road Tour

Monday, January 04, 2010

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke kicked off the Census Bureau's 2010 road tour in Times Square today.

The Bureau will be driving a 46-foot trailer and 12 vans across the country to remind people to fill out and mail in their ...

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Bloomberg Names New IT Commissioner

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday named a new commissioner for the city's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications.

Carole Wallace Post will head up Do-ITT starting next month. The department manages the city's 311 information line, its TV and radio stations, and its official website. She ...

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City Council Republicans Take Oath of Office

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Mayor Michael Bloomberg administered the oath of office this morning to the City Council's five Republicans. They don't take office until January 1 but asked the mayor for the purely ceremonial gesture.

Bloomberg, a former Republican who calls himself a non-partisan Independent, says he happily obliged.

In ...

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Decision on Monserrate's Senate Future Due Next Week

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A final report is due as early as next week from a special state Senate committee, convened to consider whether Senator Hiram Monserrate should be expelled or sanctioned. WNYC's Ailsa Chang reports.

REPORTER: For the last two months, nine senators have been combing through court documents ...

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Final Senate Hearing on Sen. Monserrate's Conviction

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Today is the fifth and likely last meeting of the special State Senate committee that will recommend whether Senator Hiram Monserrate should be expelled or sanctioned for his misdemeanor assault conviction last December.

Senator Eric Schneiderman, who heads the committee, says its members are reviewing a ...

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