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Brooklyn landlord Joel Israel, accused of demolishing apartments, appears in court (Credit: CBS 2)

Bushwick Landlord Accused Of Trying To Force Rent-Stabilized Tenants Out Testifies For First Time

Joel Israel testified for the first time at his contempt hearing for not making repairs at 98 Linden Street as he has agreed to do.

04/04/2014

Medical marijuana (file/credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

NJ TRANSIT Worker, Medical Marijuana Patient Suing Agency Over Failed Drug Test Suspension

The suit filed last month by 57-year-old Charlie Davis, suffering from end-stage renal failure, may be the first of its kind in New Jersey, where medical marijuana has been legally available since 2012.

04/04/2014

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli (file/credit: Comptroller's Office)

NYS Comptroller Report: State Choking On $1.3 Billion In Annual Asthma-Related Costs

The study by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli found that Medicaid costs related to asthma were $532 million in 2013, an increase of more than 26 percent over five years.

04/04/2014

Roslyn Estates well that was shut down due to Freon contamination (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

New York State DEC To Investigate Freon Contamination At LI Well

The state Department of Environment Conservation will investigate to figure out the source of the Freon and how it got into the water.

04/04/2014

Gov. Chris Christie at a town hall in Sayreville, N.J., April 3, 2014. (credit: Peter Haskell/WCBS 880)

Christie On Legalizing Pot: NJ Won’t Be ‘A Place Where People Fly Into To Get High’

There is a proposal in the state legislature that would legalize pot and use the revenues for road repairs. Recreational marijuana was legalized by voters in Colorado and Washington state.

04/04/2014

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton (credit: Getty Images)

Bratton: Scientific Survey Of Cops, New Yorkers To Measure ‘How Are We Doing?’

The police commissioner said they’re also designing a poll to be used in every precinct of the city on a quarterly basis. Bratton said he wants a reliable way to measure whether damage has been repaired and improvements have been made.

04/04/2014

A machine prints a Mega Millions lottery ticket.  (file/credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Newest L.I. Millionaire In Shock After Discovering $20 Million Jackpot

Store employee Laura Marckesano said she literally had to smack the 48-year-old Southampton Hospital worker into his new reality. The winning ticket was sold at the Gascon gas station in Coram on March 25.

04/04/2014

Cars owned by a dealership sit in the parking lot of a Nassau County park. (Credit: CBS 2)

Watchdog Group: N.Y. State Auto Insurers Charge Blue-Collar Workers More

A consumer watchdog group claimed Thursday that the largest auto insurers in New York State are using education legal and occupation to set rates – charging blue-collar workers more for the same policy than college-education professionals.

04/03/2014

Gov. Chris Christie at a town hall in Sayreville, N.J., April 3, 2014. (credit: Peter Haskell/WCBS 880)

Gov. Christie Announces Buyout Successes At Sayreville Town Hall

Christie said the state has made offers to purchase 265 homes in Sayreville and neighboring South River from willing sellers. So far, 175 have accepted.

04/03/2014

Mayor de Blasio, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver discuss expanded pre-kindergarten, April 3, 2014. (credit: Rich Lamb/WCBS 880)

Ad Blitz Urges Parents To Sign Up For Universal Pre-K As Deadline Fast Approaches

Mayor de Blasio said the city is spending $300,000 to push it with an ad campaign called Opportunity Starts Now.

04/03/2014

UPS workers, union leaders and the NYC public advocate rally on the steps of City Hall to protest UPS' efforts to fire 250 workers who walked off the job, April 3, 2014. (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

NYC Public Advocate Warns UPS Of Possible Consequences For Announcing 250 Firings

The 250 workers based out of Maspeth, Queens staged a 90-minute protest in February over the firing of a long-time employee.

04/03/2014

Several cars are pulled over as part of a distracted driving crackdown in Woodbridge, N.J., April 2, 2014. (credit: Levon Putney/WCBS 880)

NJ Police Handing Out Tickets As Part Of Distracted Driving Crackdown

April is National Distracted Driving Month. The distracted driving campaign across New Jersey runs through April 21.

04/02/2014

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Report: Tri-State Area Has Highest State, Local Tax Burdens Nationwide Yet Again

According to a Tax Foundation study looking at fiscal year 2011 – the most recently available data – New York residents paid 12.6 percent of their collective incomes in state and local taxes.

04/02/2014

Port Authority Bus Terminal - New York, NY - Aug 15, 2003 - Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

NYU Report Finds Flawed Business Model At Port Authority Of New York And New Jersey

The report also found mismanagement, political abuse and rivalries between the states at the Port Authority.

04/01/2014

Fabergé Big Egg Hunt (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

Fabergé Big Egg Hunt Kicks Off In NYC

More than 250 Fabergé eggs — some created by famous artists and designers, including Jeff Koons and Carolina Herrera — are popping up all across the five boroughs.

04/01/2014