Julianne Welby

Senior Editor, NYC Recovery/Education/Transit, WNYC News

Julianne Welby appears in the following:

Budget Deadline Fast Approaching

Friday, March 20, 2009

The March 25th deadline for an agreement in Albany on how to fix the MTA's over $1 billion budget deficit is quickly approaching.

REPORTER: Governor Paterson is determined to have a plan by next week, but speaking on WOR radio today, he says there's currently no ...


Menendez Praises Obama's Speech

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez is praising President Obama's speech, which he says showed resolve, focus and optimism.

Menendez says the President showed he understands the challenges facing the country and has a comprehensive plan to address them.

MENENDEZ: He made it very clear that the only ...


Deciding the Structure of Your Local Government

Monday, February 09, 2009

Residents of Nassau, Suffolk, and counties across New York State may soon have an opportunity to vote on the structure of their local governments.

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says the current system with special districts is inefficient and outdated.

CUOMO: It was set up decades ago for ...


Protestors Storm 'The Future of New York City'

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

About one hundred protestors burst into a Midtown Manhattan hotel ballroom, and interrupted Mayor Bloomberg as he gave a speech about the city's economic outlook.

Video: Protestors storm Mayor's speech

Their message for the mayor? Protestor Rickie Matonzala of Brooklyn says the working class should ...


Diocese Of Brooklyn May Close 14 Schools

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

At least 14 Catholic elementary schools in Brooklyn and Queens could be closed or combined with other schools. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn is considering the plan to deal with declining enrollment. Spokesman Father Kieran Harrington says the diocese -- which covers schools in ...


Restaurant Offers Free Holiday Meals

Thursday, December 25, 2008

REPORTER: An Asbury Park, New Jersey restaurant has opened its doors for Christmas, offering free food and activities to anyone who drops in. Marilyn Schlossback owns Langosta Lounge on the boardwalk. She says it's not a soup kitchen, so much as an opportunity for people ...


City Budget Woes

Friday, December 12, 2008

The city's financial picture grows dimmer by the day. A report from the Fiscal Policy Institute says more of the city's white collar workers are joining the unemployment rolls.

Earlier this week, city agencies were tasked with finding an additional seven percent in cuts to make ...


Council Candidates Sue Campaign Finance Board

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

First-time City Council candidates have filed a lawsuit against the Campaign Finance Board. They say after the City Council extended term limits, the board is giving an unfair advantage to City Council incumbents by letting them keep the money they raised to run for higher ...


Treasury Pick Buoys Wall St., Citigroup Shares Dwindle

Friday, November 21, 2008

US stocks rallied today on word that president-elect Barack Obama has picked Tim Geitner, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, to be treasury chief.

But more ominous signs from Citigroup are keeping the financial mood sour, certainly here in New York. Greg David, ...


Councilmembers File New Suit to Block Term Limits Extension

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

City Council members who opposed a term limit extension have filed a new lawsuit. It cites conflict of interest laws to challenge last week's vote in the council.

REPORTER: The attorney for the new suit, Randy Mastro, says the City Charter prohibits elected officials from voting ...


Special Election?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

When the mayor's bill to extend term limits comes up, Council Members David Yassky, Gail Brewer, and Alan Gerson will announce an amendment to bring the decision before voters next year.

Council member Yassky says the amendment will address who should have the power to decide ...


CFB Scrambles Over Term Limit Question

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Extending term limits excites the mayor and some council members, but it's terrifying to the city's Campaign Finance Board. The group, which gives money to candidates and regulates how much they can spend, doesn't know what to do if the law is changed. For instance, ...


New York Banks Get Boost from Federal Dollars

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Kathryn Wylde is president of the Partnership of New York City, a business organization.

She says the plan to buy equity stakes in large banks will have an immediate effect on the economy and keep more people employed.

WYLDE: Hopefully we can limit the losses to the ...


NYCLU: Student Arrests Illegal

Thursday, October 09, 2008

The New York Civil Liberties Union says peace officers aren't helping in city public schools. They say the NYPD's own records demonstrate that the city's schools are over-policed. NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman says examination of arrest records found police detained more than 300 students ...


No More Free MTA Tolls

Monday, September 22, 2008

At a time when it's facing a billion dollar deficit, The MTA says it needs to begin charging government cars and trucks that drive over bridges and through tunnels. A committee approved the move today in a 3-2 vote. The full MTA board could vote ...


Rep. Maloney Calls for Bank Regulation

Friday, September 19, 2008

New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney says there's a serious need for regulation of the financial system.

MALONEY: We need to look at how we got here. We need to look at legislative reform but there is an emphasis placed on the need to act, on the ...


Infant Mortality Rate Drops

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Health officials say the infant mortality rate is at its lowest level in New York City since such records have been kept.

A new report shows there were 5.4 deaths per thousand live births in 2007 compared to 5.9 in 2006. That's the largest single year ...


N.Y. Delegates Ready to Enjoy Convention

Monday, September 01, 2008

New York delegates at the Republican National Convention are finding things to do in Minnesota other than convention business. RNC officials curtailed today's schedule because of Hurricane Gustav's threat to the Gulf Coast. Rochester delegate Mike Snowdon says he's been waiting all his life to ...


Clinton Blasts McCain Ad

Monday, August 25, 2008

New York Sen. Hillary Clinton is denouncing a new campaign ad for John McCain that uses her words from the primary season.

CLINTON: Senator Obama's campaign has become increasingly negative.

ANNOUNCER: The truth hurt, and Obama didn't like it.

REPORTER: Clinton mentioned the ad when she spoke to ...