Jenna Flanagan

Jenna Flanagan appears in the following:

Bloomberg and Unions Spar Over Cuts

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg shot back at union leaders who have criticized him for proposing more layoffs. He says he won't have to lay off 7,000 city workers if unions agree to contribute toward health care costs, and to create a new, cheaper pension tier for new ...


Governor Paterson Ready to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Now that Iowa and Vermont have done it, Governor Paterson says he's ready to put forth a measure to legalize same-sex marriage, even if the legislature doesn't appear ready to pass it.

PATERSON: Let the legislation go up or down based on whether people like it ...


Mayor Bloomberg "Greens" His Home

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg has been pushing New York to become a greener city. He's instituted a one million tree planting program, required municipal buildings to become more energy efficient and today was on hand for the announcement that the Brooklyn Navy Yards would be partly powered ...


Second Hand Smoke Exposure High in NY

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Non-smoking New Yorkers are more likely to be exposed to second-hand cigarette smoke than those in the rest of the nation. The city's health department found 57 percent had a nicotine by-product in their blood, indicating exposure to second-hand smoke. That's compared to 45 percent ...


EPA Mulls Gowanus Canal for Superfund

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

How polluted is the Gowanus Canal? The federal Environmental Protection Agency wants to find out. It's proposing putting the industrial waterway in Brooklyn on its Superfund site. Councilman David Yassky, whose district includes the nearly two-mile long canal, says this is good news.

YASSKY: The Gowanus ...


State Government Debate $120-Billion Budget

Monday, March 23, 2009

Governor Paterson says he and other government leaders continue to struggle over his proposed $120-billion budget. Along with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, Paterson said crucial issues like health care cuts, property tax rebates and how to apply stimulus money ...


$1.3 Billion in Federal Stimulus for Amtrak

Friday, March 13, 2009

The federal government has allocated $1.3 billion of stimulus money to Amtrak for capital improvements to cut down travel time and increase arrival accuracy. Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole says ticket prices will stay the same, because the funds will be dedicated to rail system upgrades.

It ...


Bloomberg Fortune Intact, Says $$ Not a Factor in Mayoral Race

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Other billionaires may have taken a hit during this recession, but not Mayor Bloomberg. According to Forbes Magazine's survey of the world's wealthiest, Bloomberg's fortunes blossomed while others wilted. The magazine's annual list of billionaires ranks Bloomberg number 17 in the world with $16 billion. ...


Paterson Reinforces Stimulus Against GOP Criticism

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Governor Paterson says he's meeting with state lawmakers today to discuss what shovel-ready programs should get federal stimulus funds.

Paterson says republicans who continue to criticize the stimulus package as wasteful spending are missing some historical context. He says stimulus plans have worked in countries like ...


Timothy Dolan: Disarming and Funny

Monday, February 23, 2009

New York's Roman Catholic Archdiocese is getting another Irish-Catholic leader. The pope has tapped 59-year-old Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of Milwaukee, to replace 76-year-old Cardinal Edward Egan, who's retiring. Dolan's selection continues a chain of Irish-American bishops that was broken only once in the history of ...


Digging Out New York's Future

Thursday, February 19, 2009

A huge excavating machine was lowered into a tunnel on the Far West Side today where it will eventually start cutting an extension for the Number Seven subway line.

Mayor Bloomberg says, even in a down economy, the two billion dollar project was a good investment ...


Assemblywoman Pushes for Fur/Faux Labeling

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

New York Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal says some of the city's biggest retailers are not properly labeling their garments, and consumers may be unwittingly buying real fur they think is fake, or vice versa.

A state law requires all fur items to be clearly identified. Rosenthal says ...


Residency Requirements Lifted for City Employees

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The New York City Council has cleared the way for unionized municipal employees to live outside city limits.

The Council overrode the mayor veto of a measure, that requires those workers to be on the city payroll for two years before living outside the city.

Council Speaker ...


Albany Needs Ethics Agency

Friday, February 06, 2009

Good government groups say Albany is in desperate need of an ethics agency with jurisdiction over the executive and legislative branches.

REPORTER: Blair Horner with the New York Public Interest Research Group says the state's ethics law are far too lax and the abuse by a ...


What Smells In New York?

Thursday, February 05, 2009

The source of that maple syrupy-smell that has troubled Upper West Siders, and confounded city environmental officials, since October, 2005, has been found.

Mayor Bloomberg says it comes from Fruitarom, a New Jersey company that turns fenugreek seeds into food additives.

The mayor says Fruitarom is not ...


Sesame Street Workshop Revives a Classic

Monday, January 19, 2009

Sesame Street Workshop has breathed new life into an old favorite. A revamped Electric Company is set to debut this afternoon, and its core goal, promoting literacy, remains the same.

Cast member Jenny Barber says the new Electric Company is a unique piece of children's programming.



Turning on 'The Electric Company'... Again

Monday, January 19, 2009

Children have scores of options on television. So for a new show to generate attention, it has to be something special. The Sesame Workshop is remaking an old favorite, hoping it'll appeal to a new generation, and improve the country's lagging literacy rates. WNYC's Jenna ...


Bloomberg's Bid For Third Term Holds Up

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Mayor and City Councilmembers did nothing wrong when they extended the city's term limits law. That's the word from a federal judge.

The judge ruled against a group of city officials, saying they failed to prove that the mayor and second-term City Council members forced ...


Chief Justice Nominee

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Governor Paterson officially presented Jonathan Lippman as his nominee for the post of Chief Justice of New York's Court of Appeals, the state's highest court.

With Lippman at his side, and legislative leaders looking on, Paterson praised Lippman for his time as presiding judge in the ...


Gov. Paterson: Don't Count On Stimulous Package

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Governor David Paterson and Senator Charles Schumer are asking New Yorkers not to count on President-elect Barack Obama's potential $80 billion stimulus package as the answer to the state's financial woes.

Senator Schumer appeared with the governor in Albany yesterday. He says if Congress passes the ...