Arun Venugopal

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Arun Venugopal appears in the following:

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 ...


Catching Rainwater Before It Turns to Flood

Friday, June 06, 2008

The city is giving away 250 empty barrels to homeowners in Queens so they can catch rainwater and hopefully avoid sewage overflows. The Department of Environmental Protection's Julie Stein says the homeowners snapped up the rain barrels.

STEIN: They're excited because southeast Queens is an area ...


No Trial For Georgia Gun Dealer

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

The Bloomberg Administration, in its ongoing campaign to limit the number of illegal guns entering the city, claimed another legal victory. As arguments were to begin in a Brooklyn federal court today, a Georgia gun dealer opted out of a trial. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has ...


Bloomberg Claims Gun Lawsuit Victory

Monday, June 02, 2008

A Georgia gun dealer agreed to have its sales monitored.

The decision came a day before a trial was to begin, as the dealer, Adventure Outdoors had earlier rejected the terms of a lawsuit.

Ken Taber is a lawyer with Pillsbury Winthrop, which had represented the ...


Report: Vehicles Leading Cause of Accidential Death for City Kids

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Motor vehicles are the leading cause of accidental death among New York's children.

That's according to a new child fatality report just issued by the city.

According to Health Commissioner Tom Frieden, fires are the second leading cause of accidental death, especially in poor neighborhoods.

FRIEDEN: There is ...


Mayor Defends Smoking Ban at Science Summit

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered the keynote address at the World Science Summit this morning, and used the occasion to defend his ban on smoking. He said the scientific data outweighed the criticism he got from the public at the time.

BLOOMBERG: And I can tell you, ...


Ground Zero Towers Delayed as Merrill Lynch Mulls Moving In

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Port Authority is pushing back the deadlines on three of the towers at the World Trade Center. The agency granted developer Larry Silverstein another four to six months to complete the projects, because Merrill Lynch may be moving in to the complex. Larry Coscia ...


Internal Charges

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

WNYC reporters Bob Hennelly and Arun Venugopal discuss departmental charges brought against seven of the officers involved in the Sean Bell Police Trial.

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NYPD Charges Officers in Bell Shooting

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Seven police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Sean Bell will face departmental charges. Pending internal trials, they could face a range of penalties, including dismissal.

Four of the officers involved in the shooting - including the 3 who went on trial - were ...


Kelly Tells Council of NYPD's Recruit Woes

Monday, May 19, 2008

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told members of the City Council that the NYPD was stretched thin due to low starting salaries, but said an arbitrator could change the salary structure this week.

Kelly spoke during budget hearings, and addressed the challenges of recruiting new officers with ...


Prostitution "Booker" Pleads Guilty

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

One of four people charged with running the prostitution ring used by former governor Eliot Spitzer, has plead guilty in federal court.

WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

Thirty-two year old Temeka Lewis was responsible for booking clients for the Emperor's Club VIP. Today she stood in federal ...


Costly Delays at Ground Zero

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The city and state may have to cough up $321 million to Goldman Sachs because of delays in rebuilding at the World Trade Center site.

WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

The hefty fines would include free rent - 64 years of it - as well as other ...