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Jim O'Grady

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UPDATED: Is The MTA Prepared For Another Sandy?

Monday, October 28, 2013

WNYC

Here's what we know: the MTA is applying for $4.5 billion in federal funds to fortify New York's transit system against future storms. What we don't yet know: will the authority figure out how to to seal off the mouths of the 14 tubes that lie beneath the city's waterways?

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Wrestling, Job-Like, With Meaning After Sandy

Monday, October 28, 2013

WNYC

A hundred Sandy survivors gathered at The West End Temple in The Rockaways on Sunday to hear about, and from, a Biblical character who famously faced calamity. Four actors read a portion of the Book of Job in a flood-damaged sanctuary still undergoing repairs.

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The Lasting Emotional Damage in Hurricane Sandy's Hardest Hit Community

Friday, October 25, 2013

As we approach the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, we check in with Jim O’Grady, a reporter for The Takeaway's partner WNYC, who has been covering stories of emotional trauma and resilience from Ocean Breeze, Staten Island, a community that lost more lives than any other during the hurricane.

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Sandy Survivors Still Grappling with Memories of Those They Lost

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

WNYC

One of Sandy's less visible effects is the mental and emotional toll it continues to take on the people who lived through it. For a year, Jim O'Grady has been visiting neighborhoods in Staten Island that suffered the highest death rate from the storm. He talked to three people who, like thousands in our area, are still grappling with the trauma of that night.

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Joe Lhota's Storm-Tossed Year at the MTA

Friday, October 11, 2013

WNYC

Joe Lhota, the Republican candidate for mayor, spent 2012 running the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the country's largest transportation system. How'd he do? And what kind of leadership style did he bring to the job?

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New Haven Line On Brink Of Returning To Full Service

Friday, October 04, 2013

WNYC

Riders on the New Haven Line railroad could see full service restored by the Monday morning rush hour. An upgrade to a Metro-North substation that supplies electricity to the line's overheard wires is done, but must now be tested.

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Coming To Manhattan: Finding Your Bus By Phone

Friday, October 04, 2013

WNYC

By the end of this month, riders in Manhattan will be able to use their phone to track buses approaching their stop. So say signs that have begun to appear in the subway.

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MTA: Improvised Power Boost On The New Haven Line Won't Help Much

Friday, September 27, 2013

WNYC

An official with the MTA says that even if Con Ed succeeds in sending extra power to the crippled New Haven Line, riders shouldn't expect more than the bare-bones service they're getting now.

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MTA Chief: More Sandy-Related Subway Tunnel Closures Are Coming

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

WNYC

UPDATE Subway riders should expect significant shut-downs of lines that use tubes to move in and out of Manhattan--but not as bad as the current 14-month closure of the R train tunnel under New York harbor. That's the warning from MTA chairman Tom Prendergast.

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After 65 Years, MTA's Oldest Worker Calls It Quits

Monday, September 16, 2013

WNYC

When 91 year-old Thomas Merrick began working at the MTA in 1948, the subway fare was a nickel and the Dodgers played in Brooklyn. On Monday, the MTA held a ceremony at its headquarters to celebrate Merrick's 65-year career.

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MTA Buying Hundreds of New Commuter Rail Cars

Monday, September 16, 2013

The MTA has voted to spend $1.8 billion to buy up to 676 commuter railroad cars from the Kawasaki Rail Car company. The cars will be built in Yonkers and are scheduled to be placed into service from 2017 to 2019.

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With Filters And Fundraising, Some New Yorkers Are Trying To Bring Back The River Pool

Sunday, August 25, 2013

WNYC

For 60 years, beginning in 1870, the Hudson and East Rivers were lined with floating pools full of New Yorkers swimming safely in the currents. But in the 1930s, water pollution closed them down. Now some people in our area are working to revive the tradition of the river pool.

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Joe Lhota Is Running To Be "The Man" In NYC

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

WNYC

"Be a man!" That's what Joe Lhota barked at an MTA board member at a public meeting last September, back when Lhota was reaching the end of his one-year tenure as authority chairman. Lhota later (sort of) apologized for the outburst, blaming it on his Bronx upbringing. But before that, he seemed to view it as his prerogative as an executive — that is, as the guy in the room who tells everyone else how things are going to be.

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What Do Law Enforcement Officials Think About Stop-and-Frisk?

Monday, August 12, 2013

WNYC's Jim O'Grady went to Jeremy's Ale House to hear what people in law enforcement think about NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy now that a federal court has ruled it unconstitutional.

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In Bloomberg's New York, The Poor Move Further Out, Lengthening Commutes

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

WNYC

Increasing numbers of New Yorkers are traveling within or between the outer boroughs to get to work, often using a Manhattan-centric transportation system that is not well suited to getting them where they need to go.

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Prendergast Confirmed As Chairman and CEO of NY MTA

Thursday, June 20, 2013

WNYC

The New York State Senate has confirmed Tom Prendergast as chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Prendergast, 60, told senators at his confirmation hearing "I can't think of a better job to be in."

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Why the L Train Broke Monday... And Why It Might Keep Happening

Monday, June 17, 2013

WNYC

A sight you do not want to see in the morning as you're walking down Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn toward the L train subway stop is a long line of commuters outside the local livery cab dispatch station. It can only mean one thing: the trains aren't moving. That's what happened Monday morning. Now the question is: will it keep happening? 

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Driver, Fleeing Police, Kills Child In New York

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

WNYC

A 17-year-old boy is under arrest, charged with manslaughter, after the car he was driving struck and killed a girl and injured her grandmother on the Upper West Side. The crash occurred on Wednesday morning in a residential neighborhood at a time when many children were walking to school.

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Room Service To End At Midtown Hilton

Monday, June 03, 2013

WNYC

The Hilton Hotel in Midtown Manhattan will stop offering room service in August - which means more than a loss of eggs at 1 a.m.

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With A Line Service Restored, NYC Subway Is Whole Again

Thursday, May 30, 2013

WNYC

The A train is back in the Rockaways after Storm Sandy knocked it out for seven months. With its return, the last empty space on the subway map has been restored, post-flood.

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