Arun Venugopal

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Arun Venugopal appears in the following:

Ground Zero Developer Sues WTC Insurers

Monday, June 26, 2006

Developer Larry Silverstein and the Port Authority went to court today to force World Trade Center insurers to make payments. They say seven companies are not promising to make good on claims, ever since Silverstein and the agency agreed to share in the rebuilding effort. ...


Mayor, Gov. Sign Off on New WTC Memorial

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Governor Pataki and Mayor Bloomberg have signed off on a new World Trade Center memorial design that keeps the signature square voids and waterfalls, but brings the names of 9/11 victims above ground. The redesign by developer Frank Schiame could be approved by the end ...


Closing Arguments in Hate Crime Case

Friday, June 09, 2006

The next 25 years of Nicholas Minucci's life are now in the hands of a Queens jury. Yesterday the defense and prosecution presented their closing arguments in his hate crime and assault trial. WNYC's Arun Venugopal was at the courthouse in Queens.

Defense attorney Albert Gaudelli ...


Character Witness May Actually Hurt Defense in Hate Crime Trial

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Defense Attorneys in the hate crime trial of Howard Beach resident Nicholas Minucci called a character witness and a medical expert to the stand today and the results were not favorable to their case.

The defendant called Darron Maxwell, a young black man from Minucci's neighborhood, ...


911 Tapes Show Disoriented Victim in Hate Crime Trial

Friday, June 02, 2006

The victim in the Howard Beach hate crime trial took the stand yesterday. Glenn Moore told the jury he was hit in the head with a bat by Nicholas Minucci, after Minucci used a racial epithet. WNYC's Arun Venugopal was there.

REPORTER: The 23-year-old Moore remained ...


Accused Testifies in Alleged Hate Crime Case

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Jury members got to hear directly from Nicholas Minucci yesterday. He's the Howard Beach man accused of beating a black man with a bat as part of an alleged hate crime. Queens prosecutors played a videotape of an interview they conducted with Minucci just hours ...


Panel Convenes Over Why Reconstruction Lags at Ground Zero

Friday, May 19, 2006

The major players involved in the World Trade Center's reconstruction answered questions from state assemblymembers about why it's taking so long for buildings to rise at the site. WNYC's Arun Venugopal was there.

The hearings were held on the 25th floor of Tower 7, overlooking Ground ...


New York Sues Out-of-State Gun Dealers

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

The city is suing gun dealers in five states for allegedly selling guns illegally. The fifteen dealers all have a history of selling weapons that were used in crimes in New York. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: The city hired private investigators to go undercover, ...


Number of Films Shot in City on The Rise

Thursday, May 11, 2006

The city is expanding its effort to attract film and TV productions. Funding for its Made in New York tax incentive is being increased to $30 million this year, up from $12.5 million last year.

REPORTER: The tax incentive program requires productions to do three-quarters of ...


Cell Phone Ban Doesn't Fly With Parents and Students

Monday, May 08, 2006

Despite a hard line by the Bloomberg Administration on cell phones in the schools, parents, teachers and students show no signs of giving up on their efforts to end the ban. WNYC's Arun Venugopal reports.


Newark Mayor's Race Rolls Around Without Sharpe James

Monday, May 08, 2006

Tomorrow, voters in Newark will elect a new mayor, and for the first time in over 20 years it will not be Sharpe James. Last month, James decided not to pursue a 6th term, making the front-runner in the election his opponent from 2002, attorney ...


Hearings Probe Tram Shutdown

Thursday, April 27, 2006

The Roosevelt Island tram and its failure to run last week were at the center of City Council hearings today. WNYC's Arun Venugopal reports.

REPORTER: The hearings allowed many of the council members to voice their support for the tram's continued existence. Some Roosevelt Island residents ...


Hasidic Spiritual Leader Laid to Rest

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The body of Rabbi Moses Teitelbaum was laid to rest this morning. The spiritual leader of tens of thousands of Satmar Hasidic Jews died last night. He was 91-years old. He was buried in the Orange county community of Kyrias Joel after his a funeral ...


Proposal Gives Freedom Tower to Port Authority

Friday, April 21, 2006

The latest world trade center rebuilding proposals offered to developer Larry Silverstein represents an effort by New York city, state, and New Jersey to finally work together. It calls for bringing the Freedom Tower under the control of the Port Authority, and allows Silverstein to ...


Third Back-Up Generator for Tram Broken Since September

Thursday, April 20, 2006

The state official appointed to run the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation says the tram is "an intimate part of the Roosevelt Island mystique," but Mayor Bloomberg seemed ambivalent about the tram's future yesterday, saying the subway is quicker.

Meanwhile, the tram is still out of service ...


Doormen Threaten Strike Midnight Thursday

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Thousands of of building superintendents, porters, and doormen marched up Park Avenue yesterday, demanding a fair contract. Their union, Local 32-BJ is threatening to strike at midnight on Thursday.

REPORTER: Doorman Luis Jimenez says a recent wage proposal that included a one-year pay freeze and increased ...


Renewable Energy Will Power New Jersey

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Twenty percent of New Jersey's energy will come from renewable sources under a new rule put into place by the state's board of public utilities. WNYC's Arun Venugopal reports.

REPORTER: The standard puts the state at the forefront of the alternative energy movement, rivaled only by ...


MTA Asing for Heavy Fines Against Union

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Lawyers for the MTA again asked a Brooklyn judge to levy severe financial penalties against the Transport Workers Union for its illegal transit strike.

The day's proceedings centered on the union's financial status, and whether it can survive if subjected to millions of dollars in fines. ...


9-11 Families Speak Out on Memorial at Council Hearing

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The City Council held hearings today in an attempt to help resolve differences over the World Trade Center memorial. Construction began earlier this month, but some victims family members continue to press for changes.

REPORTER: The hearings drew a vocal core of 9-11 family members - ...


For Some, Freedom Tower is Biggest Obstacle to Progress at Ground Zero

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

The Port Authority and developer Larry Silverstein are once again said to be close to a deal on the rebuilding of the World Trade Center. The two sides nearly reached a deal two weeks ago, only for talks to break down. For a growing number ...