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Mayor Unveils Rapid Bus Service

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and top transit officials unveiled a new rapid transit bus that would cut the commute from the Bronx to Manhattan by five minutes. But, officials say the new bus service can only happen if the mayor's congestion pricing plan goes through.

Transportation Commissioner ...


Thousands Protest School Cuts

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Thousands of parents, educators and students gathered at City Hall yesterday to protest the current and proposed $729 million in school budget cuts. They, along with council members say they're going to fight it.

WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

The protesters rallied in a steady rain, as they ...


Klein Takes Heat from Council on School Cuts

Thursday, March 20, 2008

A day after thousands rallied outside of City Hall to protest the $729 million in school budget cuts; Schools Chancellor Joel Klein faced the City Council. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports:

At the education committee hearing, upset council members peppered Klein with an onslaught of questions from ...


Paterson Admits to Affairs

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Less than 24 hours after taking office, Gov. David Paterson acknowledged that he had several extramarital affairs - including one with a state employee.

But, Paterson emphasized that he did nothing to violate any aspect of public office.

PATERSON: I didn't break the law. I didn't violate ...


Incoming Governor David Paterson’s Swearing-In

Monday, March 17, 2008

Incoming Governor David Paterson is succeeding Eliot Spitzer as governor of New York. Leonard talks with WNYC’s Brian Lehrer and Elaine Rivera (from Albany) following Mr. Paterson's swearing-in ceremony.

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Gov. Paterson Sworn in Among Applause and Laughter

Monday, March 17, 2008

David Paterson is sworn in as governor before a who's who of New York State political power. In his speech, he revealed his trademark sense of humor that may have set the tone for his style of governance. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports:

Paterson took the historic ...


Union Proposes New Accountability Plan

Friday, March 14, 2008

Randi Weingarten, president of the United Federation of Teachers, says her proposals are better than the current Education Department's system, which heavily relies on test scores.

The UFT's proposal would balance test scores with a host of other factors, such as the richness of a school's ...


Albany Scrambles for Paterson Inauguration

Friday, March 14, 2008

Albany is scrambling to put together Monday's inauguration during which David Paterson will be sworn in as New York's 55th governor.

Staffers for Eliot Spitzer have been working with the lieutenant governor's staff in organizing the 40-minute swearing in ceremony. The event, to take place in ...


New York's New Governor David Paterson

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

As we continue to wait this morning for word from Gov. Eliot Spitzer, we take a look at the man who may replace him.

Lt. Gov. David Paterson would become New York's first African-American governor if Eliot Spitzer resigns. He would also be the nation's first ...


David Paterson to Become Governor, Following Spitzer Resignation

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

On Monday David Paterson will be sworn in as New York's 55th governor. The headlines note he'll be the state's first black governor and the nation's first legally blind governor. But what is David Paterson all about? WNYC's Elaine Rivera talks with All Things Considered ...


Paterson Prepares For A New Administration

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

With the announcement of Governor Spitzer's resignation, Lieutenant Governor David Paterson starts a five-day transition into the state's top job. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports:

Paterson will be sworn in on Monday.

He's already beginning to make decisions about staffing. As lieutenant governor he had an executive staff ...


Spitzer Linked to Prostitution Ring, Weighs Resignation

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

At a news conference yesterday, a glassy-eyed Spitzer apologized in front of a stunned press corps. WNYC's Elaine Rivera was there.

Spitzer had the packed press room wait for nearly an hour before he made a brief appearance at his midtown Manhattan executive offices.

With his wife ...


Victims remembered one year after deadly Bronx fire

Friday, March 07, 2008

One year after a Bronx fire killed nine children and an adult, hundreds of members of the city's African community joined relatives to remember them.

They gathered in front of the boarded-up building where the fire occurred and listened to remarks by the fathers of the ...


Arts Education Faces Looming Cuts

Friday, March 07, 2008

REPORTER: Only 4 percent of the city's elementary schools meet state requirements for arts education.

That's according to the city's first annual report measuring the success of arts programs in city schools. Ninety-eight percent of elementary schools do, however, provide some form of arts education.

Mayor Bloomberg ...


Activists Praise Abandonment of Bronx Jail Plan

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Bronx community activists are claiming partial victory after the city decided not to build a jail in Hunts Point - but they question the city's motives and remain concerned another jail will be placed in the borough.

WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

After a year of rallies and ...


Community Groups Praise City Decision to Nix Waterfront Jail Plan

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

South Bronx community groups that opposed a $375 million jail on waterfront land in Hunts Point are praising the city's decision not to put the facility there.

REPORTER: Maria Torres, president of The Point, one of several non-profits that fought the plan, says she believes their ...


DOE Retention Plan Faces Critics

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

REPORTER: The Department of Education held the 1st of 5 town hall meetings in Manhattan last night.

It wants feedback on its new retention plan - created to keep middle schoolers from dropping out.

Dozens of parents, students and education activists attended to voice their opposition.

The proposal ...


Orchid Show Begins Saturday

Friday, February 22, 2008

New York Botanical Garden's sixth annual orchid show officially debuts tomorrow. But dozens of its members braved the snow and slush, to attend a preview of the exhibit which features thousands of species of orchids.

REPORTER: Bronx resident Noel Camacho, who with his mother Fidela, have ...


Weingarten Eyes National Post

Thursday, February 14, 2008

REPORTER: American Federation of Teachers head Edward McElroy says he'll step down in July.

Though he isn't officially endorsing her, McElroy has kind words for Weingarten.

MCELROY: This is a democratic union and succession means that you have to run for office. And so, Randi will have ...


Clinton Gets Support from Manhattan Latinos

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Clinton supporters plan to march from Herald Square to Columbus Circle Sunday. The New York Senator got support from a group of elected officials and Latinos in upper Manhattan Saturday night. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

REPORTER: It was one of numerous events being held throughout the ...