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.
Cindy Rodriguez appears in the following:
Friday, April 08, 2016
Every year roughly 15,000 poor defendants end up on Rikers Island because they can't make bail of $1,000 or less. The city wants to cut that number by monitoring people on the outside.
Friday, March 18, 2016
Now the tables have turned — the de Blasio Administration is on the hot seat as the US Attorney investigates lead in public housing.
Friday, February 26, 2016
A recent lawsuit alleges the sexual abuse of females in state prison has remained persistent because not enough is done to investigate allegations and punish guards.
Friday, February 19, 2016
Researchers from the Child Mind Institute are scanning the brains of 10,000 New York City children to find physical proof of psychiatric disorders. They started on Staten Island.
Sunday, January 24, 2016
The blizzard of 2016 left behind up to 30 inches of snow. With help from the sun, shovels and plows, New Yorkers got back to normal.
Friday, January 08, 2016
Dr. Herminia Palacio says her life informs how she tackles chronic social issues like poverty and mental illness.
Tuesday, January 05, 2016
The Mayor has appointed a medical doctor and public health expert to be Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services. Her first task—dealing with the homeless crisis.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Starting after the new year, a group of 12 licensed social workers and psychologists will team with police officers to respond to calls involving those in a mental health crisis.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
After years of resistance, the NYPD is teaching officers how to avoid using force when approaching the mentally ill. It requires compassion, empathy and staying calm.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
The city will spend around $2.7 billion to create 15,000 apartments for people that are chronically homeless, often because of drug addiction and mental illness.
Monday, November 16, 2015
Eight hundred low-level offenders spent half a million days in jail over the last six years, costing $129 million. Experts say locking them up is not the solution. So what is?
Thursday, November 12, 2015
The Department of Housing and Urban Development wants to ban smoking at public housing developments, not just in common areas, but inside people's apartments.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
The man suspected of killing Officer Randolph Holder had been previously diverted from jail to a drug treatment program.
Thursday, October 01, 2015
New York State's Chief Judge will go around the state legislature to reform the bail system. Reforms include allowing bail to be paid with a credit card.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Pope Francis has shown sympathy for immigrants, and they hope his visit to New York restarts the debate over how to reform the nation's immigration laws.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
LGBT New Yorkers who were invited to the White House ceremony Wednesday were hoping for a message of acceptance — and didn't hear it.
Monday, September 14, 2015
The Pope's Sept. 24 visit coincides with the UN General Assembly, which will be attended by 170 world leaders.
Monday, August 10, 2015
WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez and Brigid Bergin discuss the mayor's new $22 million initiative, NYC Safe, to reach out to violent mentally ill people.
Friday, August 07, 2015
A $22 million initiative will identify people with a history of violence and untreated mental illness and attempt to get them more services.
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
They call it K2, Spice and Green Giant. It's getting sold at bodegas and tobacco shops and people are getting seriously ill from it. The city is struggling to shut the drug down.