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COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in New Jersey are dropping, as the state's omicron surge shows signs of receding. State officials said Monday infections and hospitalizations likely peaked there earlier this month. About two weeks ago, new COVID cases in New Jersey hit an all-time high. Since then, cases have decreased by more two-thirds. Hospit…
 
Violence rocked the New York City Police Department Friday night after two police officers were shot while responding to a domestic violence call in Harlem. The gunfire killed 22 year-old officer Jason Rivera, and Officer Wilbert Mora remains hospitalized in critical condition. These were the third and fourth NYPD officers shot just last week after…
 
Fifteen people held at the Rikers Island died in 2021. It was an especially deadly year for the jail complex, where the vast majority of people are awaiting trial. Those who died were all Black or Latino men, ranging in age from 24 to 64. Violence, medical neglect, and overdoses drove the majority of the fatalities. Reporters Bliss Broyard and Lisa…
 
Lots of restaurants offer a 'soup and a sandwich' combo lunch special. But why bother with TWO food items when it can be brought together as one? Now, R&D Foods in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn has done just that. Scott Lynch, who writes about food for Gothamist, joins Weekend Edition host David Furst for a review of the 'Chicken Soup Sandwich.'…
 
With the Jets and Giants out of the picture, the Buffalo Bills are the only hope for a New York team to advance in the NFL playoffs. Besides, those two other teams play in New Jersey. So let's get real: Buffalo is home to the state's only NFL franchise. The Bills will take on the Kansas City Chiefs at 6:30 p.m. Sunday for the right to advance to th…
 
Kathy Hochul cemented her status as the frontrunner in her bid for a full, four-year term as New York governor with a potent one-two punch this week. First came the poll. Siena College found her with a more-than-30-point lead in a Democratic primary amongst her various rivals, and that was before former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio decided ag…
 
The call comes in at 4 am. Some waterfowl are in trouble out in the lake at Prospect Park, their webbed feet stuck frozen to the ice coating the water. In the predawn darkness, our hero slips out of bed and races to the park, where she carefully slides across the dangerous ice to save the creatures. That rescuer is Marty Woess, Wildlife and Aquatic…
 
Former President Donald Trump is the target of at least three separate investigations that are in the news this week. One in Congress, one being conducted by the New York State Attorney General, and one from the Manhattan District Attorney. Reporter Ilya Marritz, who covers Trump legal matters for NPR, spoke with WNYC Consider This host Jennifer Va…
 
Asian New Yorkers are experiencing a surge in political power, but at a legislative agenda breakfast meeting Thursday the epidemic of anti-Asian harassment and violence overshadowed the political gains. Rep. Grace Meng [D-Queens] highlighted Saturday’s fatal attack on Michelle Go, an Asian American woman killed after being pushed onto subway tracks…
 
A piece of New York City transit history has been sold at auction: the iconic Staten Island ferry named for John F. Kennedy. It spent decades shuttling countless people back and forth across New York Harbor before it was retired last year. Acting Senior Port Captain Kenneth Meurer is one of the people who once captained the ferryboat. He spoke abou…
 
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg took the oath of office almost three weeks ago. Bragg campaigned on a platform of criminal justice reform and reducing the number of people sent to prisons and jails. But his early efforts have faced pushback from police unions, politicians and Mayor Adam’s newly-appointed NYPD Commissioner. And Bragg may soo…
 
Most of the $40 million dollars New Jersey set aside to help immigrants and workers excluded from pandemic relief funds will be re-allocated for other state expenses. Officials say they didn't get enough applications before the federal dollars had to be spent. WNYC's Karen Yi spoke with Morning Edition host Michael Hill. For more on the story visit…
 
Gov. Phil Murphy was sworn in for his second term Tuesday, after becoming the first Democratic governor to win reelection in New Jersey in 44 years. In his speech, Murphy promised to lower property taxes, reduce health care costs and make college more affordable. “I’m not going to be satisfied with just slowing property tax growth,” he said. “I wan…
 
New York City Mayor Eric Adams is facing controversy after tapping his brother, Bernard Adams as head of his NYPD security detail. Last week, the mayor made clear he would defer to guidance from a small city agency tasked with holding the conduct of public servants to the highest ethical standards: the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board. WNY…
 
Gov. Kathy Hochul proposed a $216 billion state budget Tuesday that would provide bonus payments to health care workers, bolster funding for schools and clear the way for casinos in New York City. Hochul’s spending plan comes as the state is in a relatively strong financial position, thanks to a large influx of federal aid and stronger-than-expecte…
 
The last time subway riders took the B or W trains was the last week of December. The MTA say that's due to persistent staffing shortages related to the pandemic. The agency says it had to make choices about what service to run with the staff it has available. So it suspended those two lines, and cut back several more because it says the affected s…
 
An ongoing effort to redesign election ballots in New Jersey as a way of establishing equal competition is facing opposition from powerful political influencers in the state, even in small towns where a number of progressive activists are calling for change. The fight is over the so-called “county line” – a column that appears on the primary ballot…
 
Vanessa Gibson is now etched in history as the first woman elected to serve as Bronx Borough President, and the first Black lawmaker to helm it. The borough presidency is largely ceremonial, long stripped of its statutory power decades ago when the U.S. Supreme Court found New York City’s government unconstitutional. While the job might be an on-th…
 
Last week's devastating fire in the Bronx was a reminder of fires past, and of the crisis of burning buildings that gripped the borough in the 1970s. "There were many families who were burned out of apartment after apartment after apartment," said Joe Flood, author of 'The Fires.' "And they slept with bags packed, with shoes on their feet." Althoug…
 
For years, Spicy Village in Manhattan's Chinatown has won rave reviews from customers - for the food and for the low prices. And now, just three blocks away, it has a sequel of sorts, called New Spicy Village. But it's unclear what the connection is between the locations. Scott Lynch writes about food for Gothamist. Speaking with WNYC's David Furst…
 
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