Arun Venugopal

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Arun Venugopal appears in the following:

"Block the Box" Crackdown Criticized

Monday, September 15, 2008

The NYPD started cracking down on motorists who block the box last week, but the measure has some police officers upset. Anthony Miranda of the National Latino Officers Association says traffic agents are not trained to stop moving cars and issue summonses, the way police ...

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Bloomberg Urges Calm Amid Wall Street Woes

Monday, September 15, 2008

In the wake of Lehman Brothers' collapse and the ongoing chaos on Wall Street, Mayor Bloomberg had a few words for a room full of reporters, namely- "Fear Not." WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more. REPORTER: As an extremely successful businessman who also happens to govern ...

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Seven Years Later

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Arun Venugopal, WNYC reporter, covers the 9/11 memorial service in Lower Manhattan.

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City Makes it Easier to Ticket Box-Blockers

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Don't block that box. At noon today, the city made it much easier to ticket drivers who clog up intersections.

REPORTER: Earlier only police officers could hand out the $115 tickets, but over the summer the governor signed a law allowing all traffic enforcement agents to ...

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Bloomberg Says WTC Redevelopment is Too Slow

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg says the redevelopment of the World Trade Center is going too slowly...and he's asking Governor Paterson to dismantle the Lower Manhattan Development Authority, and give its tasks to the city.

He says the LMDC may have been a good idea at the time....

BLOOMBERG: And ...

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Paterson Says GOP Uses Racial Coding

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Gov. David Paterson says there may be more to those jokes Republicans have made at Barack Obama's expense where, they poked fun at his early work in Chicago's poor neighborhoods.

Paterson says he heard overtones of racial coding.

PATERSON: I think the Republican party is too smart ...

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Former Reality TV Star Courts Young Voters

Monday, September 08, 2008

New York voters are set to go to the polls in primary elections tomorrow. In Brooklyn, writer and activist Kevin Powell, who first made a name for himself on the MTV's The Real World, is running for Congress against Representative Ed Towns.

Campaigning in East New ...

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Neighbors Weigh In on Columbia Expansion

Friday, September 05, 2008

Supporters and opponents of Columbia University's planned expansion into Manhattanville presented their case at a public hearing this week.

Nick Sprayregen owns Tuck-it-away Storage, one of the two holdout businesses in the area. He says the process to determine whether the area is blighted has been ...

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Court Recognizes Out of State Same Sex Marriages

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

A New York State court is supporting Gov. David Paterson's directive to recognize out of state same sex marriages. A judge has tossed out a legal challenge to the policy. Susan Sommer is an attorney with Lambda Legal, which represented a same sex couple who ...

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Bloomberg to Catch 'Xanadu,' Not Palin

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

All eyes will be on presumptive Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin as she makes her big speech at the Republican national convention tonight. But not Mayor Bloomberg. He says he’s got other plans.

BLOOMBERG: I actually am going to the theater tonight. To see Whoopi Goldberg ...

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City Takes New Swing at School Bullies

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

The city's taking a swing at bullies in schools, with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and Council Speaker Christine Quinn announcing a set of initiatives they hope will curb mean girls and rough boys.

Schools will be required to track and monitor all bias ...

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Critical Mass Riders and NYPD Continue Cat-and-Mouse Game

Saturday, August 30, 2008

The standoff between the NYPD and cyclists in the monthly Critical Mass ride has been going on for years. WNYC's Arun Venugopal talks to Weekend Edition Host Brian Zumhagen about how riders and police interacted during the August ride.

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Critics Oppose Standardized Tests for Youngest Students

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg is defending the Department of Education's voluntary pilot program to begin standardized testing as early as kindergarten.

But Tovah Klein, head of the Barnard Center for Toddler Development, says standardized testing isn't appropriate for the youngest students.

KLEIN: Young children make discoveries when ...

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Mayor Blasts Critics of Kindergarten Testing

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg pushed back against criticism of the city's plan to test its youngest students. The Department of Education is encouraging principals to administer standardized tests to children in kindergarten through second grade. The mayor says the tests are essential to learning a child's ...

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7 Miles of Manhattan Streets Go Car Free

Sunday, August 10, 2008

It was billed as Summer Streets, an effort to clear the road of cars and let bikes and pedestrians take over. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

AUDIO: The sound of near-silence

REPORTER: For about six hours yesterday this is how a 7-mile stretch of Manhattan sounded: no ...

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Bloomberg Hopes Olympics put Spotlight on China

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says when the Olympic Games begin tomorrow in Beijing, he hopes the attention will highlight the progress he says has taken place in China. He said the Olympics also provide a stage for the United States to promote democracy in China.

BLOOMBERG: And ...

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Democrats Vie for Staten Island Congressional Seat

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Hillary Clinton will endorse Democrat Mike McMahon today in the congressional seat that encompasses Staten Island and part of Brooklyn

Republican congressman Vito Fossella resigned his seat in the wake of a marital scandal, and now Democrats believe they have their best chance yet to reclaim ...

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City Readies For Summer Streets

Thursday, August 07, 2008

This Saturday walkers, skaters, and cyclists will take control of a seven mile stretch of Manhattan, from East 72nd Street down to the Brooklyn Bridge. WNYC's Arun Venugopal was with the Mayor today, when he announced a celebration of Summer Streets.

AMBI: Chinese music

It's not easy ...

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Activists Want Special Prosecutor for Police Abuse

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Civil rights activists called for a crackdown on police misconduct today at rally outside police headquarters. The protest comes after a videotape surfaced showing an officer pushing a cyclist off his bike.

The video contradicts the officer's sworn statement, claiming the cyclist tried to run him ...

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New Paper Recycling Mill Opens on Staten Island

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The city will be sending a lot less of its recycling out of town. A newly expanded paper recycling mill has opened on Staten Island. The facility will convert waste paper and plastic into pizza boxes and other goods. Previously those recyclables had to be ...

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