Cindy Rodriguez

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:

NYPD Sergeant Acquitted of All Charges in Killing of Bronx Woman

Thursday, February 15, 2018

WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports that NYPD Sergeant Hugh Barry has been acquitted of all charges in the killing of a mentally ill Bronx woman last year.

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Judge Expected to Announce Verdict in Murder Trial for NYPD Sergeant

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Closing arguments have concluded in the trial of Hugh Barry, who shot and killed Deborah Danner in her Bronx apartment in October 2016.


Police Sergeant Gives Dramatic Account of Shooting Mentally Ill Woman in Bronx

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Sgt. Hugh Barry described his version of what happened on an October evening in 2016 when Deborah Danner ended up dead in the bedroom of her Bronx apartment. 


Trial Scrutinizes NYPD's Handling of Mentally Ill

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The trial of Sergeant Hugh Barry will shed light on a challenging aspect of police work that often leads to deadly confrontations—responding to emotionally disturbed people. 

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Public Housing Chief Misstated Lead Paint Fact, Investigator Says

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Shola Olatoye, already under scrutiny for falsely authorizing lead paint inspections, takes another misstep.

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New York Prisoners Can Once Again Read Whatever They Want to

Friday, January 12, 2018

By limiting the places from where packages to inmates could come from, the state thought they could crack down on contraband. But now the governor says the program is flawed.  


Nursing Home Operator Agrees to Open New Facilities

Friday, January 05, 2018

The nursing home operators at the center of a 2016 real estate scandal agreed, as part of a settlement, to open up new facilities, pay fines and make a big charitable donation. 

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City Takes First Step Towards Shuttering Jails on Rikers Island

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

The city plans to close one of the nine jails on the notorious Rikers Island by this summer. The jail houses just under 10 percent of inmates incarcerated on Rikers. 

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HUD Secretary to Public Housing Residents: Why Don't You Fix It Yourself?

Friday, December 15, 2017

Housing Secretary Ben Carson says tenants should be given an escrow account for repairs; if they don't use it, they could keep the money.

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Brooklyn Church Wants to Help Victims of Child Slavery from Haiti

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Haitian community leaders are denouncing a form of child slavery back home. They want to identify victims now living in Brooklyn so they can offer them mental health services. 


Local Hospital Bills Rape Survivors for Rape Kits — Then Regrets It

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Brooklyn Hospital has agreed to reimburse dozens of sexual assault survivors after it improperly billed them for the exams that produce evidence used to catch and prosecute rapists. 


NYCHA Falsifies Lead Documents, City Investigators Find

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The city's public housing authority claimed for years it was complying with federal lead-paint regulations — but it really wasn't, leaving thousands of kids at risk of lead poisoning.


Governor Moves to Make Work Schedules More Predictable

Friday, November 10, 2017

New state regulations would require employers to give workers their schedules two weeks in advance or pay extra for last minute changes.  


Sandy Took Her Home but Gave Her Some Perspective

Friday, October 27, 2017

Cherell Manuel stayed for more than a year in hotels after Sandy. Her new home isn't perfect, but it's a home.


Humanitarian Flight Into Puerto Rico — And Back Out

Friday, October 06, 2017

A United Airlines flight out of Newark delivered supplies and relief workers to Puerto Rico. On the way back, it picked up hundreds of evacuees in need. 


Puerto Rico Report

Thursday, October 05, 2017

The latest on relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

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On a Flight to San Juan, Passengers Seeking to Help Puerto Rico, and Find Loved Ones

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

A WNYC reporter joined a humanitarian flight bringing workers and supplies to the island. Many on board, who also hoped to reach loved ones, described the conditions there.


Complaint: Queens Property Manager Used Hate Symbols To Harass Immigrant Tenants

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The lobby is a confusing mixture of historical images that also include Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Attica prison riots of 1971.

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Feds Say They Won't Prosecute Cops Who Killed Harlem Man In 2012

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Federal prosecutors said there's not enough evidence to prosecute police who shot and killed a Harlem man experiencing a mental breakdown. The man's mother says she's outraged.  


Alternatives to 911 for Mental Health Crises

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Families with a member facing a mental health crisis have an alternative to 911: mobile crisis teams.

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