Arun Venugopal

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Arun Venugopal appears in the following:

Bloomberg to Albany: Get Off Our Backs

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has some words for Albany, as Gov. David Paterson prepares to speak about the economic downturn.

The mayor says state lawmakers can't solve their problems on the backs of New York City taxpayers.

BLOOMBERG: They have been spreading the goodies around the ...


NYS Audits MTA Finances

Monday, July 28, 2008

As the Metropolitan Transportation Authority plans two fare hikes starting next July, a top state official has a message for the agency: not so fast. WNYC’s Arun Venugopal has more on a planned audit of the transit agency.

REPORTER: State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is going ahead ...


NYPD Defends Shooting of Retired Cop

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says officers had no choice but to shoot a retired colleague who had escaped from a psychiatric ward. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more on the death of Jason Aiello on Staten Island.

REPORTER: According to sources, Aiello was able to escape from ...


Dems Line Up Behind McMahon on S.I.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The National Democratic Party is lining up behind Staten Island Democrat Mike McMahon as he runs for the seat that'll be vacated by Republican Congressman Vito Fossella. WNYC's Arun Venugopal reports.

REPORTER: Councilman McMahon could be the first Democrat to win the seat in 28 years, ...


Weiner Wants to be Middle Class Hero

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Congressman - and potential Mayoral candidate - Anthony Wiener says he's pro-development but is concerned about the toll that rising real estate costs are taking on middle class New Yorkers.

Speaking at a breakfast put on by Crain's New York Business, the Congressman praised Mayor Michael ...



Monday, July 21, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is about to unveil a new service that will alert riders to unplanned service disruptions, by e-mail or text message. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: The MTA already has an email and texting service, but that only works for planned disruptions, ...


Families Get New Service Center in Queens

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg joined former Yankee manager Joe Torre yesterday to open a new family justice center in Queens. The center is designed to make it easier for victims of domestic violence to come forward by bringing together counselors and legal experts. Torre's "Safe at Home ...


Bloomberg Calls For New Poverty Measures

Monday, July 14, 2008

The Bloomberg Administration is calling on the federal government to change the way it measures poverty. Under the city's new method the percentage of New Yorkers considered poor would actually rise. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: The new approach is meant to update a method ...


GOP Struggles in Staten Island Congressional Race

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Staten Island may be the last bastion of the Republican party within the five boroughs, but that just could change this year. The seat occupied by Congressman Vito Fossella will be up for grabs come November, and Democrats are well positioned to take it back ...


City Explores Bike Share Program

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The city's plan to begin a bike sharing program is being met with enthusiasm by biking advocates.

The Department of Transportation has put out a request for expressions of interest for companies who can help initiate a program like one in Paris which has 20,000 public ...


New Degree Promotes Sustainable Urban Design

Friday, June 27, 2008

The New School announced the launch yesterday of its undergraduate program in Environmental Studies. The degree program is meant to combine the scientific study of urban ecosystems with sustainable design.

Joseph Westphal is provost at the New School. He says students will be able to take ...


Councilman Calls for Canal Street Traffic Plan After Bus Tragedy

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

A Manhattan city councilman is renewing calls for a Canal Street traffic management plan after the death of a 57-year-old woman on Monday.

The woman was killed when a dump truck crashed into a Chinatown bus at the corner of Canal and Bowery. According to Councilman ...


Death of S.I. Republican Throws Party into Turmoil

Monday, June 23, 2008

The death of 67-year-old Frank Powers, the Republican candidate for Congress on Staten Island, has thrown the party into turmoil.

WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

The GOP was hoping Powers could keep the seat in Republican hands, after Congressman Vito Fossella decided against running for re-election.

Party leaders ...


Clinton Makes First Appearance Since Ending Campaign

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Senator Hillary Clinton returned to the public eye today, with her first appearance since she conceded the Democratic presidential nomination to Barack Obama earlier this month.

REPORTER: Clinton attended the high school graduation of Aleathea Williams, a friend and campaign volunteer who attended Pelham Preparatory Academy ...


City's First Financial Empowerment Center Opens in the Bronx

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The city has opened its first Financial Empowerment Center, in the Bronx today.

It's meant to help low-income residents with financial planning, such as managing debt.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said a new study showed people continue to use check cashing services, even as banks try to increase ...


Late Deal Keeps OTB Open

Monday, June 16, 2008

A last-minute deal yesterday between the city and the state will keep Off Track Betting open and its employees working. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: Under the agreement, the city will no longer run the 68 OTB's that operate locally. They'll be bundled into a ...


Cuomo Goes After Drugstore Chains

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is initiating legal action against the CVS and Rite Aid drugstore chains.

Investigators, with the attorney general's office say they found numerous products on shelves long after their expiration date at stores across the state. These included expired medicines, as well as ...


Heat Causes Pockets of Power Problems

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The heat is causing disruptions to the power supply in isolated pockets around the city.

One resident of Sunnyside, Queens, a former sheet metal worker who would only give his first name. Jimmy says he is dreading another power outage like the one that hit his ...


New Office to Help Clean Up City's Brownfields

Monday, June 09, 2008

The city is hoping to speed up the cleanup of brownfields, through the creation of an Office of Environmental Remediation.

REPORTER: The agency is designed to help developers and communities go through the remediation of sites that were contaminated from industrial use. Jeff Kay heads the ...


Bloomberg: Corruption Not Widespread in DOB

Monday, June 09, 2008

Despite Friday's arraignment of a veteran crane inspector on bribery charges, Mayor Michael Bloomberg says corruption is not widespread in the city's Department of Buildings.

BLOOMBERG: I don't think it is very prevalent. I do think that any case of it however is very serious and ...