Elaine Rivera

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Clinton Pushes Unity Message to N.Y. Delegation

Monday, August 25, 2008

Sen. Hillary Clinton received a rousing ovation from New York State Delegation as she told them that the Democratic Party is united and she will make every effort to help her former rival Barack Obama get to the White House.

WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports from Denver:



NYS Delegates: Novice Joins Expert at Conventions in Denver

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The New York state Democratic delegation - with 289 members - will be sending the second-largest number of delegates to the Democratic National Convention later this month. WNYC Elaine Rivera spent time with two of them - one who will attend a convention for the ...


NY High Schools See Modest Graduation Rate Increase

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

New York City graduation rates made a modest increase in the past two years. In 2007 the rate rose by about 5.7 percent. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

REPORTER: Both education advocates and the Bloomberg administration applauded the graduation rate increase, which rose to 56 percent. Advocates ...


City High School Graduation Rates Up

Monday, August 11, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is lauding some new success in high school graduation rates which have reached a new 52.2 percent on average, that number goes up some if you count August graduates, too.

Education advocates, including the teachers union, agreed that the modest increases are promising.

United ...


Report Recommends Vocational Schools Overhaul

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Bloomberg administration has released a report that recommends a major overhaul of the city's 21 vocational schools. It says technical schools haven't been meeting industry demands for highly skilled employees, and have been seen as a dead end by students.

The report's recommendations include: integrating ...


Economic Cabinet to Hold Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Heads of 20 top state agencies will hold a town hall meeting in Queens this evening to get input from the public on how the sagging economy is affecting their lives.

The officials, part of state's Economic Security Cabinet, will hear from families, advocates, employers and ...


Rangel Invites Ethics Probe of His Fundraising

Friday, July 18, 2008

Congressman Charles Rangel defended his fund-raising efforts for a new academic center at City College that will bear his name. And he urged the House Ethics Committee to investigate whether he's done anything wrong, for two reasons.

RANGEL: One is to make it clear to every ...


Rangel Defends Himself From New Charges

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Rep. Charles Rangel continues to make headlines as he defends himself twice in a week against critical stories questioning his ethics.

A report in the Washington Post accuses Rangel of using congressional stationary to solicit nonprofit groups and foundations for a new City College library to ...


Rape Kits Will Collect Evidence from Suspects, Too

Monday, July 14, 2008

Rape kits are typically used on sexual assault victims, to collect physical evidence for law enforcement officials to use to get convictions. Now, rape kits will also be used on rape suspects, to document bite marks, bruises, and DNA.

REPORTER: It's part of an expansion of ...


Rangel: Nothing Wrong with Rent Breaks

Friday, July 11, 2008

Congressman Charles Rangel says there's nothing wrong with paying about half the market rate for four rent-stabilized apartments at a prestigious Harlem address.

RANGEL: I don't see anything unfair about it and I didn't even know it was a deal.

Rangel, speaking at a news conference outside ...


Rangel Deal Irks Harlem Residents

Friday, July 11, 2008

The disclosure that Congressman Charles Rangel has four rent-controlled apartments hit a sensitive nerve among New Yorkers. In Harlem, residents were divided about Rangel's living accommodations.

At a press conference outside of Rangel's Harlem apartment complex, fellow resident Lance Smith challenged the congressman saying he failed ...


David Paterson's First 100 Days As Governor

Monday, June 30, 2008

It's been 100 days since Gov. David Paterson took over the top job in New York State government, following Eliot Spitzer’s spectacular fall amidst a call-girl scandal. WNYC’s Elaine Rivera is here to talk about the roller coaster ride Paterson has had so far.


Paterson Seeks to Reform Excusionary Bond Sale Procedure

Friday, June 27, 2008

Gov. David Paterson says while strides have been made in connecting women and minority-owned businesses in construction and communications to state contracts, there has been a real lack of progress for financial firms.

WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports:

When Paterson appointed attorney Paul Williams to head the Dormitory ...


Paterson Expresses Confidence in Skelos as GOP Leader

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

After giving the commencement speech for Harlem's Frederick Douglass Academy graduates, Governor David Paterson expressed his full confidence in the newly-selected Republican State Senate Majority Leader, Dean Skelos.

REPORTER: Paterson says they've had a good working relationship in the past. The governor dismissed reporters' questions that ...


Public Hearings On Education Funding

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Department of Education is holding public hearings across the boroughs this week on the city's controversial contracts for excellence school funding proposal. The public will get to chime in on Schools Chancellor Joel Klein's proposed $450 million in cuts. WNYC's Elaine Rivera has more.



Students Protest City Education Cuts

Thursday, June 05, 2008

More than 100 public school teenagers and members of student groups rallied in front of City Hall to protest Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed $450 million budget cuts. The students say the mayor's plan will adversely impact their schools.

Education activists, parents and students argue that while ...


Gotbaum Calls for Pre-K Admissions Overhaul

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum is calling on the Department of Education to overhaul its centralized pre-kindergarten admissions process. She contends that her office has received numerous complaints from parents who say their children were unfairly shut out of schools of their choice.

At a press conference, ...


New Lawsuit in Steam Pipe Blast

Friday, May 30, 2008

Con Edison has filed a lawsuit against the city and a private company over last year's midtown steam pipe explosion.

Con Ed says the city and Texas-based Team Industrial Services were negligent in maintaining sewer and water lines.

Queens Councilman Eric Gioia, an outspoken critic of ...


Advocates Rally Against Market Closures

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Food commercial workers and city residents rallied at City Hall yesterday to protest the closings of supermarkets in their neighborhoods.

Bruce Both is president of the United Food and Commercial Workers union. He says the proposed closing of a Key Food in the Soundview section ...


Parents Protest Daycare Closings

Thursday, May 29, 2008

As that deadline looms, dozens of daycare workers, parents and elected officials rallied at City Hall yesterday to protest the closing of daycare centers.

They claim the Administration for Children Services does a poor job of tracking enrollment of spots at daycare centers, resulting them ...