Arun Venugopal

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Arun Venugopal appears in the following:

AG Shuts Down Student Loan Scheme

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is ending what he calls a kickback scheme between a student loan company and 63 colleges, including St. Johns University.

REPORTER: According to Cuomo the Florida based company, Student Financial Services, paid colleges in order to use their branding, thus misleading students ...


The MTA Says Fares will Increase for Discount Riders

Monday, December 10, 2007

Assemblyman Richard Brodsky says the MTA can still delay its December 19 vote to raise fares and allow the state to come up with more funding.

REPORTER: The MTA announced it intends to raise the price of monthly Metrocards by 5 dollars but Brodsky says they ...


City Moves Closer to Going Green

Thursday, December 06, 2007

The city has detailed some of the immediate measures it's taking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% in the next 10 years. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: Most of the work involves the simple task of installing more efficient light bulbs, in dozens of ...


Constuction to Extend the 7 Line Train Begins

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Construction has started on the extension of the 7 train, which eventually will take riders from Times Square where it currently ends to 11th Avenue and 34th Street. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more. REPORTER: The extension of the 7 line is expected to cost the ...


Businesses Object to Proposed Willets Point Development

Friday, November 30, 2007

The city's proposed redevelopment of Willets Point would bring housing, a hotel and a convention center to the Queens neighborhood. But the businesses already there told the City Council it's a raw deal. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: The issue of eminent domain dominated the ...


Columbia's Redevelopment Plan Approved by Planning Commission

Monday, November 26, 2007

The City Planning Commission endured frequent disruptions before approving the proposal to transform 17-acres of West Harlem.

To the surprise of many opponents of the plan, Commissioner Irwin Kantor, abstained, saying he was opposed to Columbia's threat to use eminent domain in order to evict holdout ...


Officials Announce No Subway Fare Hike-- For Now

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The MTA says the 2 dollar base subway fare may not be increased after all. The announcement was made by Governor Spitzer, who says MTA officials recently found an extra $220 million in their year-end projections, based on extra rider ship and real estate taxes.



Top Lawmaker Urges Governor to Reconsider Controversial Plan

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver says Governor Spitzer still has time to re-think his plan to issue drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants.

REPORTER: Silver voiced concerns that the current, 3-tier plan could scare away illegal immigrants, by singling them out. But he said that ultimately, the governor ...


City Tries to Make UN Comply with Fire Codes

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg says he's been in touch with UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon regarding 900 safety violations in UN buildings. City officials have been meeting with U-N officials to address the matter.

BLOOMBERG: And we are making some progress. But not progress enough. I've written them ...


Homelessness Among Veterens on the Rise in New York

Monday, November 12, 2007

According to a new report the number of homeless veterans in the state increased dramatically between 2005 and 2006, up from 12,700 to over 21,000.

REPORTER: Senator Charles Schumer says veterans of the war in Iraq are becoming homeless much faster than they did after the ...


Tunnel Machine Moves Beneath Manhattan

Friday, November 09, 2007

That furious sound you hear comes from about 170 feet below midtown Manhattan - a TBM or tunnel boring machine inching its way through the city's underground rock.

The TBM weighs 640 tons and is 22 feet wide. MTA engineers say the $10 million machine works ...


Lawmakers Push for Independent 9/11 Panel

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Lawmakers are asking Mayor Bloomberg to create an independent panel of health experts to help determine who exactly qualifies as a victim of 9/11. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: The 3 Representatives - Carolyn Maloney, Vito Fossella and Jerrold Nadler - say the process of ...


New York's Holiday Season Begins with Hindu Festival

Monday, November 05, 2007

Hindus across the city are celebrating the beginning of Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights.

The five-day festival marks the victory of good over evil and involves the lighting of lamps and the gifting of sweets. This evening, elected officials will gather with Hindus ...


Bloomberg Talks About Major Changes in Some Neighborhoods

Thursday, November 01, 2007

The city is on a re-zoning spree - in recent weeks major areas of Jamaica, Queens and Bedford-Stuyvesant have been rezoned, in order to encourage development.

REPORTER: This morning, with an eye on his legacy, Mayor Bloomberg gave a sense of just how big the change ...


More Bike Lanes, And More Bikers, On City Streets

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Congestion pricing may have grabbed the headlines in recent months but it's not the only way the city is trying to cut traffic and pollution. As part of Mayor Bloomberg's environmental initiative, known as PlanYC, the city is set to have 1800 miles of bike ...


Governor Spitzer Criticized Over New License Program

Monday, October 29, 2007

Immigrant advocates say Governor Spitzer is changing course on his plan to give illegal immigrants drivers licenses. Under a NEW proposal, the state would provide undocumented workers with separate I-D's from citizens or permanent residents. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

Immigrant rights groups are expressing disbelief ...


Speed Bump for Waste Disposal Proposal

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg's plan to haul the city's trash out on barges at Gansevoort Street has hit a major roadblock - Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. He wants the city to consider another location. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

Speaker Silver supports the idea of using barges to ...


Waste Transfer Station on Hold in the Assembly

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg's plan to have the city's trash hauled out by barges on the Hudson is facing a familiar hurdle: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Silver says the mayor's proposal to locate a waste transfer station on Gansevoort would place it in the middle of Hudson ...


Bloomberg Wants City to be Hub for Medical Research

Monday, October 15, 2007

Construction on a new biotech center on the East Side is underway. Mayor Bloomberg and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the 700 million dollar Alexandria Center for Science and Technology.

REPORTER: Patrick Foye, with the state's Empire State Development Corporation, ...


Mayor Wants Guarantee of No More Transit Strikes

Monday, October 15, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg says the city would oppose any effort by the transport workers union to restore a dues checkoff. A judge rejected the checkoff after the 2005 strike and the union recently went back to court, seeking to get it re-instated. But the mayor says ...