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. 

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Cindy Rodriguez appears in the following:

Report: Fear Driving in Uptick in Number of Immigrants Visiting Soup Kitchens

Sunday, November 24, 2019

The report from the Food Bank for New York says Trump Administration policies making families wary of taking federal aid out of fear they'd jeopardize their immigration status


Advocates Not Satisfied by Mayor's Plan to Stop Police Shootings of Mentally Ill

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The plan focuses on preventing 911 calls involving the mentally ill from happening in the first place. But advocates say that's not enough to prevent more deadly altercations.  


Overdose Death Rates Go Down Citywide — But Rise Sharply in East Harlem

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

National attention has been focused on the opioid crisis in rural areas and suburbs. But a much different story is playing out here in New York City. And it's getting worse. 

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How Are Police Officers Responding to Pantaleo's Firing?

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Since Eric Garner's death in 2014, about 150 NYPD officers have been fired. We examine why this one is such a lightning rod, and whether it'll affect routine decision-making by police.

NYPD Officer Involved In The Chokehold Death Of Eric Garner Fired By The Department

Monday, August 19, 2019

The officer involved in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner has been fired by the New York City Police Department.


Judge’s Ruling Calls for Firing of Officer Pantaleo Over Garner Death

Monday, August 05, 2019

An NYPD administrative judge has called for the firing of Officer Pantaleo. What's next? 

NYPD Judge Says Officer Charged In Eric Garner's Death Should Be Fired

Friday, August 02, 2019

A judge has recommended that the officer involved in the choking death of Eric Garner lose his job. Now it's up to the police commissioner to decide.


Brian Lehrer Special Coverage: NYPD Judge Says Officer in Eric Garner Case Should Be Fired

Friday, August 02, 2019

The mayor's press conference responding to the recommendation that Officer Pantaleo be fired, followed by analysis and calls. 
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Judge Recommends Firing The N.Y. Officer Involved In Eric Garner's Death

Friday, August 02, 2019

A judge recommends the New York officer involved in Eric Garner's death be terminated from his job. That's according to reporting by WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez.


When it Comes to Police Misconduct, Body-Worn Camera Videos Are Slow to Come

Monday, July 22, 2019

The Civilian Complaint Review Board wants direct access to video from police body-worn cameras — just as oversight boards do in San Francisco, Washington D.C. and New Orleans. 


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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