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Hurricane Irene hits New York

Hurricane Irene hit New York late Saturday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said as rain and stronger winds began to lash the city. “The edge of the hurricane is finally upon us,” he told a press conference. Bloomberg said that with mandatory evacuation orders handed to some 370,000 people in low-lying neighborhoods…

Hugh Carey, former N.Y. ‘governor for hard winters’, dies age 92

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former New York Governor Hugh Carey, a fiscal hawk who tamed a potentially ruinous fiscal crisis in the Empire State in the 1970s, died on Sunday at his summer home on Long Island, officials said. He was 92. Carey, a Democrat, was New York’s 51st governor,…

New York plans to revive waterfronts

NEW YORK – New York’s mayor on Monday unveiled a $3.3 billion plan to revitalize hundreds of miles of shoreline, expand ferry services and boost the shipping industry in the Big Apple. Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan calls for the long-term development of industrial and tourist potential along the maze of…

NYC outdoor smoking extinguished from May 23

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Smoking in New York City’s parks, beaches, boardwalks, pedestrian plazas and other public spaces will be banned from May 23 despite complaints about excessive meddling by government in people’s private lives. Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed the legislation on Tuesday after the city council voted 36 to…

NY City to fire teachers, cut capital spending

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday unveiled a $65.6 billion budget plan for fiscal year 2012 that calls for firing 4,666 teachers and reducing capital spending 10 percent over the next decade. Bloomberg blamed reductions in aid from the state of New York and…

9/11 mastermind should be tried in federal court, families tell Holder

Attorney General Eric Holder announced last year that alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) would be tried in civilian courts in New York City. After a wave of criticism, the White House apparently backed away from those plans. Now one group of families of the victims of 9/11 is…

Bloomberg: Congress members ‘can’t read,’ ‘don’t have passports,’ may start trade war

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has set his sights on what he — and many others — see as the provincial, insular nature of American politics, and he has unkind words for the country’s current crop of legislators. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal carried out during…

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