Save Those Scraps! New York City is Expanding its Composting Program

New York City has a lot of waste. And most of it, is food waste. Last year, the Department of Sanitation collected nearly 30,000 tons of banana peels, coffee grounds and expired lettuce. And the city is expanding its composting program. But not mandating it. If it did, it could be collecting 40 times that. As the program stands now, few people are participating. And environmentalists are hoping to get that number up. Meira Gebel reports.

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Cynthia and the City: Will Cynthia Nixon’s Celebrity Past Get Her to The Governor’s Mansion?

MARSTON: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has a commanding lead over political newcomer Cynthia Nixon. That’s according to a NBC Marist poll released yesterday, which shows 68 percent of democrats in the state favor Cuomo. Nixon was at 21 percent. If you’re not familiar with Nixon, maybe this will help… ((Sex and the City theme […]

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With Frelinghuysen Out, the Race for New Jersey’s 11th District Intensifies

New Jersey’s 11th Congressional district is gearing up for a fight. The Northern suburban district has been under Republican leadership for three decades. But last week, longtime incumbent Rodney Frelinghuysen announced that he’s retiring at the end of his term. This historically red district may turn blue. Jennifer Sigl has the story.

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New York Releases Offshore Wind Plan Amid Blowback from Activists

Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo released a new plan to build offshore wind farms in New York. The Offshore Wind Master Plan charts a course for the state to power over a million homes with clean wind energy by 2030. The plan calls for wind farms to be built 20 miles off the coast of Long Island. It’s been applauded by many… But as Bo Hamby reports, not everyone is jumping on board.

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New Tax Bill May Leave People with Disabilities Without Healthcare


Congressional lawmakers continue to meet about the Republican tax bill this week. A key concern is the end of the individual care mandate, which critics say will leave millions of Americans without healthcare coverage. That particularly worries people with disabilities, who say it could cut them off from essential long-term care. Sarah Wyman spoke with advocates hoping to change the bill.

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HIV Diagnoses Drop in NYC, but Patients Still Deal with Stigmas


The number of new HIV diagnoses in New York City dropped last year by nearly nine percent compared to the year before, according to a new report from the Health Department. But some New Yorkers contracted the virus many years ago. They have been living with HIV for most of their lives, and they’re dealing with the stigmas of both growing old and being infected. Bhrikuti Rai has the story.

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