Cindy Rodriguez

Reporter, WNYC News

Cindy Rodriguez is the Urban Policy reporter for New York Public Radio.  

Her stories include in-depth looks at homelessness, neighborhood violence and more recently the impact of Sandy on poor communities in flood damaged areas.  She’s won the Associated Press’ Best Enterprise Reporting award twice – most recently in 2010 for a story that exposed unscrupulous landlords taking advantage of people living on the margins and desperate for a place to live.

Rodriguez has also covered New York’s immigrant population.  A story about an immigrant restaurant worker who narrowly escaped death on September 11th won her an NFCB Golden Reel Award. Originally from San Antonio, she moved to New York City in 1995 and lives in Queens. 

Read Cindy's latest reporting on Gothamist

Cindy Rodriguez appears in the following:

Prosecutors Will Not Seek Federal Charges Against NYPD Officer In Eric Garner's Death

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

There will be no federal charges in the choking death of Eric Garner. The government says it doesn't have evidence to charge the officer involved in Garner's death five years ago on Staten Island.


Justice Dept Will Not Bring Federal Charges Against Officer In Eric Garner Death

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The Justice Department will not bring federal charges against a New York City police officer in the death of Eric Garner. Garner was an unarmed black man whose death was caught on cell phone videos.


Behind the Scenes Battle in the NYPD Disciplinary Trial

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

The trial has revealed a new stage in the ongoing battle between the city's powerful police union and the independent board that handles citizens complaints.


Administrative Trial Begins For NYPD Officer Implicated In Eric Garner's Death

Monday, May 13, 2019

The New York City police officer implicated in the choking death of Eric Garner could lose his job. The city began a disciplinary hearing in the case of officer Daniel Pantaleo on Monday.


5 Years After Eric Garner's Death, NYPD Officer Faces Administrative Trial

Monday, May 13, 2019

New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo was never indicted in the choking death of Eric Garner. This week he's facing a disciplinary trial that could cost him his job with the force.


NYCHA Privatization Includes Landlord Who Owes the City Nearly $150 Million

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Housing Authority awarded a contract to a company that's owed property taxes for more than a decade. 


Federal Monitor Says Violence Persists at Rikers

Sunday, April 21, 2019

A federal monitor's latest report says use of force by correction officers reached its highest level since monitoring went into effect three years ago.


The Miracle on the Hudson, Ten Years Later

Monday, January 14, 2019

Air traffic controllers couldn't believe the captain wanted to land in the river.

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HUD Jumps — Deep — Into Fray Over New York's Public Housing

Friday, December 14, 2018

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban is giving the de Blasio administration until the end of January to come up with a plan to fix the 'deplorable' conditions inside public housing. 

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For Police, a New Alternative to Arrests or Emergency Rooms

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

In an experiment merging public health and law enforcement, the city plans to open centers where police can bring people in a mental-health crisis or in the throes of addiction. 

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As NYPD Officer Faces Discipline, Mother of Eric Garner Speaks Out

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Officer Daniel Pantaleo will appear in front of an administrative judge today. Eric Garner's mother, Gwen Carr, wants Pantaleo fired but says that still won't feel like justice.

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Report Finds City's Top Investigator Lacks Respect for Law

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A report into whistleblower complaints finds Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters used questionable legal arguments to take over investigations of city schools. 


'Raise the Age' Goes Into Effect in New York as Minors Must Be Moved Off Rikers Island

Monday, October 01, 2018

All minors have to be out of Rikers Island by Oct. 1 according to Raise the Age legislation passed in 2017. 


Dozens of Teenagers Have Been Moved Off Rikers Island as New State Law Takes Effect

Monday, October 01, 2018

Many teenagers will no longer be treated like adults in the criminal justice system. The Raise the Age change took New York State years to embrace.  


Public Housing Tenants Tell Judge Their Stories of Decay and Despair

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Public Housing tenants say nobody's been listening to them for decades. And Wednesday was their chance to let a federal judge know just how bad living in public housing can be. 

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Public Housing Tenants Detail Squalid Living Conditions

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Before a federal court judge decides whether to approve a legal settlement, he wanted to hear from tenants. More than 700 letters came in response. Many are cries for help. 


Last Minute Fights Emerge in NY Governor's Race

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Challenger Cynthia Nixon accused Gov. Cuomo of rushing a bridge opening to get votes. And Cuomo denied knowing anything about a campaign mailer that associates Nixon with anti-semitism. 

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Legal Marijuana: How Women Are on the Path to Dominate the Billion Dollar Industry

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Gia Morón left her job on Wall Street to make sure black and brown women have a stake in the growing cannabis industry. She explains.

Inside the Fight to Reunite Families Separated at the U.S. Border

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Around 500 children separated from their parents at the border, still haven't been reunited, a month after the deadline for reunification.


Court Rules North Carolina Congressional Maps Unacceptably Gerrymandered Again

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

This time North Carolina's gerrymandering fight could have far reaching implications for the nation.