Ailsa Chang

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Council Revs Up Fines For Running Cars Left Unattended

Thursday, October 29, 2009

New Yorkers who leave their cars unattended with the engine running will not only risk getting them stolen, they'll now face the possibility of a bigger fine. The City Council approved hiking the fine from $5 to $250. Council Speaker Christine Quinn says five dollars ...


Yankee Stadium Falls Short of Neighborhood Promises

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Baseball's World Series is set to kick off tonight, pitting the New York Yankees against the Philadelphia Phillies. The first two games of the World Series will be played in the new Y...

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Main Street NYC Returns to 161st Street in The Bronx

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The first World Series in the new Yankee Stadium begins today. In the third part of our Main Street series, WNYC returns to the shopkeepers on 161st in the Bronx.

They’ve seen their businesses suffer in the shadow of the new stadium, and the playoffs didn’t ...


Return to Main Street: 161st Street

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Photos by Ailsa Chang

Photos by Ailsa Chang

The Yankees will play their first World Series in their new stadium this week . In the third installment of our Main Street series, WNYC returns to the shopkeepers on 161st Street in the Bronx, where many ...

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Committee to Investigate Monserrate Case

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A special state senate committee will investigate whether senator Hiram Monserrate should be expelled, censured or sanctioned for his misdemeanor assault conviction last week. The committee will consider precedent and senate rules before making its recommendation.

Democratic Senator Eric Schneiderman will chair the 9-person committee, which ...


Inside the Monserrate Verdict

Thursday, October 15, 2009

State Senator Hiram Monserrate was convicted of misdemeanor assault for causing injury to his girlfriend by dragging her through the lobby of his apartment building.

WNYC's Amy Eddings and Ailsa Chang discuss the verdict.


Verdict Due Thursday for Monserrate Trial

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The verdict in the domestic violence trial of state senator Hiram Monserrate is expected to be delivered tomorrow. WNYC's Ailsa Chang sat in on closing arguments yesterday and has this report.

REPORTER: After nearly six hours of closing arguments, it's now up to Justice William Erlbaum ...


Testimony Ends in Monserrate Trial

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The domestic abuse trial of Queens State Senator Hiram Monserrate is drawing to a close. Both sides made their closing arguments before a judge, who will deliver his verdict Thursday on whether Monserrate intentionally slashed Karla Giraldo with a broken glass or whether it was ...


Poll: Docs Question ERs Preparedness for Swine Flu

Monday, October 12, 2009

A new poll by the American College of Emergency Physicians shows nine out of ten ER doctors don't think their departments are fully prepared to care for a surge in swine flu patients.

Doctor Stuart Weiss, the organization's Chairman of Disaster Medicine, says people with regular ...


Bloomberg Defends Integrity of School Grades

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson is once again taking on Mayor Bloomberg on education. Thompson stood outside Public School 147 yesterday to repeat his position that Bloomberg pressures administrators to change grades and promote students.

The Queens school is under investigation for allegedly inflating grades. Mayor ...


Judge Dismisses Two Counts Against Monserrate

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

The defense continues bringing witnesses to the stand today in the domestic violence trial of New York State senator Hiram Monserrate. Monserrate's lawyers began presenting his case yesterday, and WNYC's Ailsa Chang was there.

REPORTER: The first witness up was a Jackson Heights lawyer named Jesus ...


Monserrate Domestic Assault Trial Resumes

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

The domestic violence trial for State Senator Hiram Monserrate continues in state supreme court in Queens. Monserrate declined a jury trial, so Justice William Erlbaum has been hearing the case and will decide the verdict alone.

Monserrate's lawyer says he expects to start presenting the defense's ...


Rangel Dodges Questions About Ethics Investigation

Monday, October 05, 2009

Representative Charles Rangel of Harlem is getting heat from House Republicans to step down by the end of this week from his chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee. The GOP says he shouldn't be leading the tax-writing committee while the ethics committee investigates him for an alleged pattern of ...

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Domestic Violence Workers Watch Monserrate Trial Closely

Sunday, October 04, 2009

The defense is expected to start presenting its case this week in the domestic violence trial of state senator Hiram Monserrate. Last week, alleged victim Karla Giraldo [hiraldo] testified her face was cut by accident. As WNYC's Ailsa Chang reports, domestic violence prevention advocates are ...


Alleged Victim Defends Senator in Court

Thursday, October 01, 2009

The woman state senator Hiram Monserrate is accused of attacking is staunchly defending him in court. WNYC's Ailsa Chang has more on yesterday's testimony.

REPORTER: Karla Giraldo praised Monserrate for quickly taking her to the hospital the December night her face was cut with glass. "Thanks ...


Monserrate's Girlfriend Changes Story in Court

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Prosecutors called State Senator Hiram Monserrate's girlfriend to the stand today in his assault trial. Monserrate has pleaded not guilty to charges that he smashed Karla Giraldo in the face with a water glass during an argument. Giraldo now says it was an accident. WNYC's Ailsa Chang says Giraldo, under ...


Monserrate Trial Updates

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Prosecutors called New York State Senator Hiram Monserrate's girlfriend to the stand today in his assault trial. Monserrate has pleaded not guilty to charges that he smashed Karla Giraldo in the face with a water glass during an argument. Giraldo now says it was an ...


Federal Court Bars Reservation From Selling Cheap Cigarettes

Monday, September 28, 2009

New York smokers looking for cheap cigarettes might be looking a little harder this week. A Federal court barred at least five shops on Long Island's Poospatuck Reservation from selling tax-free cigarettes to anyone who isn't a member of the tribe.

The city's Law Department says ...


Imam Released on Bail

Friday, September 25, 2009

The Queens imam accused of lying to counter-terrorism investigators was released on one and a half million dollars bail yesterday.

REPORTER: Ahmad Afzali is accused of tipping off Najibullah Zazi, whom authorities say is at the center of one of the most significant terror investigations in ...


Afghan Muslim Community Hesitant to Comment on Imam’s Arrest

Friday, September 25, 2009

As US Marshals fly terrorism suspect Najibullah Zazi to New York City, to face charges of conspiring to blow up bombs, another man caught up in the investigation of Zazi is free on one and a half million dollars bail. Queens Imam Ahmad Afzali faces ...