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Arun Venugopal

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Congestion Pricing Commission Meets for the First Time

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Several weeks after it was created, the commission charged with studying Mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan got work yesterday. WNYC's Arun Venugopal was at the first, contentious meeting.

REPORTER: Although outnumbered, opponents of congestion pricing were quick to take on supporters on the commission. Two Assembly ...


Preview of Today’s General Assembly

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The 62nd session of the U-N General Assembly continues today. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

President Bush didn't participate in yesterday's Climate Summit, but he'll be one of the first speakers today. He's slotted in between the leaders of Brazil and Ghana and well ahead of ...


Protestors Denounce Ahmadinejad

Monday, September 24, 2007

Crowds estimated to be in the thousands turned out on Dag Hammarskjold plaza near the UN to protest the appearance of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

REPORTER: Many of the protesters were with Jewish groups but the event also drew some Iranian Americans, including Mary Mirian.

MIRIAN: Throw ...


Iranian President Makes Controversial Columbia Visit

Friday, September 21, 2007

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may be blocked from visiting Ground Zero but he will get a chance to hold forth on his controversial views at Columbia University on Monday. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: The event was initially meant to be a speech by the ...


Call for Improved Carriage Horse Conditions

Monday, September 17, 2007

The death of a 13-year-old carriage horse near Central Park has the industry calling for better safety conditions. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: Central Park South can get crowded, with carriages and horses sharing a narrow shoulder between busy traffic and a sidewalk full of ...


Cash Incentives Introduced to Encourage Banking

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Opportunity NYC, the city's cash incentives program for low-income families, just added another incentive. Participants get $50 if they sign up for a checking account with one of 8 banks - no fees attached. Bernadine Dalton-Curry of East New York signed up for an account ...


HIV Rates Increase Among Gay Men Under 30

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

HIV infection rates rose in the city for the sixth straight year among gay men under 30. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more on the latest report from the Health Department.

REPORTER: The increase was highest among young gay black men. They represent close to half of ...


Speaker Pelosi Meets with Mayor to Discuss Victims Compensation Fund

Monday, September 10, 2007

House speaker Nancy Pelosi toured the World Trade Center site today with Governor Spitzer and elected officials, and praised the progress being made there, six years after the terrorist attacks.

REPORTER: She also met with Mayor Bloomberg, and local Congress members, to discuss their bill to ...


Changes Might be Coming to 9/11 Ceremony

Monday, September 10, 2007

The reading of the nearly three thousand victims' names is currently a fixture of the annual remembrance of Nine Eleven in New York City....but Mayor Bloomberg is in favor of future mayors changing that, and other aspects of the ceremony.

BLOOMBERG: I don't know what great ...


Residents Unhappy with Columbia Expansion

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Columbia University already owns over half the properties in the area near the Hudson River, between about 125th and 135th Streets. This is the part of Manhattan it wants to remake into a high-tech additional campus.

REPORTER: The planning process is underway, but it's moved past ...


Columbia Presents Expansion Plan

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Columbia University presented its plan to remake a 17 acre area of Harlem to the city planning commission. The ambitious plan met got mixed reviews. WNYC'S Arun Venugopal was there.

The star of the presentation was the Italian celebrity architect Renzo Piano. He laid out his ...


Students Perform Shakespeare on the Subway to Raise Money

Thursday, June 21, 2007

They're not selling candy, not even for a basketball team or to stay out of trouble. No, theater students Peter Vack and Troian Bellisario are raising money on the subway by performing Shakespeare. It's their summer job. They're both theater students at the University of Southern California. They spoke to ...


Community Offer Competing Expansion Plans for Columbia University

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Columbia University and an uptown community board have presented two competing visions for the future of West Harlem. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more on the City Planning Commission's review.

REPORTER: Columbia says its proposal will transform what it considers an under-used area into a gleaming, 17 ...


Regional Leaders Request PA Transparency

Monday, June 18, 2007

Governors Jon Corzine and Eliot Spitzer want to make the Port Authority more open to public scrutiny. WNYC'S Arun Venugopal has more.

The Port Authority has a $5 billion annual budget, which it uses to run airports, tunnels and bridges throughout the region. But just how ...


Financial Peek at Chase Deal

Friday, June 15, 2007

JP Morgan Chase is latest corporation to move back downtown. It's set to develop a 1.3 million square foot tower on the former site of the Deutsche Bank building, which is currently being torn down. WNYC'S Arun Venugopal has more.

JP Morgan Chase is spending $2 ...


Con Ed Makes $1.4 Billion in Improvements

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Con Edison says it's ready for the summer heat. The utility says it's made a number of improvements, especially in Queens and doesn't expect any repeats of last year's blackout. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

Con Ed is on a spending spree. The company is making ...


Columbia Expansion Faces Neighborhood Controversy

Friday, June 01, 2007

Columbia University's proposal to transform a large section of upper Manhattan is about to become official. On Monday, the land-use review process, known as ULURP, is set to begin. But the timing of the announcement has opponents of the plan crying foul. WNYC's Arun Venugopal ...


Controversial Vote on Street Naming

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Today, the City Council votes on renaming streets across the city after Alvin Ailey, Jerry Orbach and others. But one proposed name change, in honor of controversial black activist Sonny Carson, has been removed from the list. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: Sonny Carson was ...


Lawsuit Hits FDNY

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Fire Department is being sued by the US Department of Justice for failing to hire enough blacks and Latinos. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

The lawsuit contends that entrance exams administered by the fire department in 1999 and 2002 kept minority recruitment disproportionately low. Just ...


Contraceptive Use Increases

Monday, May 21, 2007

Emergency contraception, commercially-known as Plan B, is now available in nearly all pharmacies in the city. That's according to a survey commissioned by the City Council. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

The survey found that 94% of pharmacies now carry Plan B over the counter, compared ...