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Janet Babin

Economic Development Reporter, WNYC News

Janet Babin is a reporter at WNYC covering economic development.

Before joining WNYC, she was a reporter for American Public Media's Marketplace.  Janet has also worked as a producer and guest host on APM's The Story.  She's reported on many stories for various NPR programs.  Janet was a Gerald Loeb Awards finalist for her reporting on merchant power plants

Her business reporting at WNYC earned Janet a Front Page award for specialized reporting from the Newswomen's Club of New York.

Janet Babin appears in the following:

Neighbors Tire of Checkpoint Charlie in Chinatown

Thursday, March 05, 2015

WNYC
For 14 years, a four-block section of Park Row near Chinatown has been closed to traffic. Residents say it's time to open up.

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De Blasio Says Lack of Affordable Housing Threatens 'Very Soul' of NYC

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

WNYC
In his second State of the City address, the mayor proposed a plan for affordable housing that he said will take aim at the issue of inequality.

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Billionaire's Boondoggle or Essential Tax Credit? More Debate Over 421-A

Thursday, January 29, 2015

WNYC
Tenants rights rallied outside City Hall demanding an end to a controversial tax break for real estate developers. The City Council appears to agree.

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Assembly Speaker Silver's Departure Could End Up Raising Your Rent

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WNYC
Sheldon Silver brokered a deal between housing advocates and real estate developers on a key bill up for re-approval. Without him, stakeholders have their claws out.

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Silver Helped Shape NYC Skyline

Monday, January 26, 2015

WNYC
As Speaker of the Assembly, Sheldon Silver ensured tax breaks for the real estate industry. Corruption charges against him could change the game  

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Most Controversial Part of Seaport Plan Won't Be Voted on by Community Board

Monday, January 26, 2015

WNYC
The most controversial part of the proposal won't be considered by the Board, because it's outside of the Seaport Historic District.

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Mayor Says Housing Goals on Track

Thursday, January 15, 2015

WNYC
Bill de Blasio said the city is on track to finance 200K affordable units within 10 years.

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More Subsidized Rentals Found in Less Desirable Neighborhoods

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WNYC
If you're looking for an affordable rental in, you'll also probably live somewhere with higher violent crime and fewer jobs.

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My Mystery Landlord

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

WNYC
You know where to send your rent check, but who actually cashes it? In many cases, even New York City doesn’t know who owns your building. Here’s how that becomes a danger.

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New in New York Real Estate

Monday, January 12, 2015

NYC real estate has never been hotter.  Reporters Ilya Marritz and Janet Babin talk about the new WNYC series "Who’s Buying New York?".

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Police Arrest Rapper Bobby Shmurda, 14 Others on Murder, Assault

Thursday, December 18, 2014

WNYC
20-year-old Brooklyn-born rapper Bobby Shmurda was arrested for his alleged role in a series of gang-related shootings.

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Pakistani Americans Hold Candlelight Vigil in Brooklyn

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WNYC
Members of the Pakistani-American community and local leaders hold a vigil to mourn the Taliban attack on a school in Pakistan.

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Risky Securities Coming Due; Tenants Could Be At Risk

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WNYC
Some of the riskiest securities start to come due in 2015. That could put tenants at risk if buildings aren't maintained.

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Workers, Union Leaders, Call Out Park Slope Car Wash

Sunday, December 14, 2014

WNYC
Labor groups rally to call attention to what the call unfair employment practices at a Park Slope car wash.

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Group Against Carriage Horses Fined

Thursday, December 11, 2014

WNYC
The New York City Campaign Finance Board fined NYCLASS for "serious" spending violations.

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No Smooth Sailing at Meeting on Seaport

Thursday, December 11, 2014

WNYC
Special Landmarks Committee of Manhattan Communtiy Board 1 draws contentious, overflowing crowd.

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Community Board to Vote on One Vanderbilt Proposal

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

WNYC
A task force will decide whether to approve zoning changes that would allow for a 65-story office tower at One Vanderbilt.

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Bill to Ban Horse Carriages Prompts Dueling Rallies

Monday, December 08, 2014

WNYC
The New York City Council is considering a law that would ban horse carriages by 2016. But teamsters and other labor leaders oppose the bill.

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Myriad Views from the Pews on Garner Case

Sunday, December 07, 2014

WNYC
From the weekend after a grand jury's decision not to indict a white officer in a black man's death, hear some divergent takes from faith communities about the case.

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City Council Approves Astoria Cove

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

WNYC
A residential project in Queens could usher in a new era for builders – and affordable apartment seekers – in New York City.

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