New York News Week in Review: Dec. 18

Here are a few stories that you might have missed this week:

-New York City’s outer boroughs will be getting a new area code with the amount of numbers expected to run out by 2012. People who are currently in the 718 or 347 area codes will keep their current codes.

-Several education groups have sued Governor David Paterson for the release of money to schools that he has postponed until it becomes financially feasible for the state to pay the aid. Paterson called the move necessary because the State Legislature did not cut enough of the state’s deficit to prevent a large debt for next year.

-Mayor Mike Bloomberg has once again reintroduced the idea of congestion pricing to help solve budget shortfalls. Of course, with the city closing down lanes all around Manhattan, it seems hardly fair to charge drivers for being stuck in traffic that the city has itself created.

-The City Council voted nearly unanimously to stop Mike Bloomberg from turning the Kingsbridge Armory into another shopping mall. Bloomberg has vowed to veto the bill which will undoubtedly get overturned anyway. Earlier in the week, the city council overturned Bloomberg’s veto of the parking grace period bill.

-After several high profile exposes, the United Homeless Organization has been ordered to shut down after it was revealed that the non-profit was nothing but a scam.

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