Cindy Rodriguez

Cindy Rodriguez is the Urban Policy reporter for New York Public Radio.  

Her stories include in-depth looks at homelessness, neighborhood violence and more recently the impact of Sandy on poor communities in flood damaged areas.  She’s won the Associated Press’ Best Enterprise Reporting award twice – most recently in 2010 for a story that exposed unscrupulous landlords taking advantage of people living on the margins and desperate for a place to live.

Rodriguez has also covered New York’s immigrant population.  A story about an immigrant restaurant worker who narrowly escaped death on September 11th won her an NFCB Golden Reel Award. Originally from San Antonio, she moved to New York City in 1995 and lives in Queens. 

Cindy Rodriguez appears in the following:

Backlog of Repairs Frustrates Public Housing Residents

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


The New York City Housing Authority struggles with call volume, causing delays in housing repairs.


Audit Finds Poor Management of NYC's Homeless Housing Program

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

An audit by the city comptroller criticizes the city for letting landlords get away with breaking the rules of a housing program for homeless families.


Staten Island Neighborhood Reeling from Tragic Deaths of Entire Family

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Staten Island neighborhood of Port Richmond is in shock over the apparent murder-suicide of an entire family early Thursday morning. Police say it appears the oldest child, who was 14, is responsible. But neighbors who knew CJ Jones say they can't believe it.


Banks Lending Less in Low-Income Areas

Monday, July 19, 2010

The federal Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) requires banks to invest and provide services in low- and moderate-income communities. But a recent report by a local housing group shows a sharp drop in CRA activity in 2007 and 2008.


City Studying High Maternal Death Rate

Friday, June 18, 2010

The city is examining why the rate of pregnancy-related deaths in New York City is two times the national average.


Court: Social Security Cut Benefits Unlawfully

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A New York federal appeals court recently ruled that the Social Security Administration was cutting off people's benefits without sufficient proof that they had violated parole or probation.


Spike in Number of NYers Needing Assistance

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Mayor's Preliminary Management Report shows evidence of the down economy. More people are homeless, on welfare, and getting food stamps.


Real Estate Scams Flourish in Brooklyn

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Even in a depressed real estate market, mortgage fraud and other related crimes continue to be a major problem, according to Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes.


Suit Charges NYPD with Targeting Public Housing Residents

Friday, January 29, 2010

A class action lawsuit accuses the NYPD of falsely arresting public housing residents and their visitors for trespassing.


Judge Orders Fire Dept. to Hire Minorities

Thursday, January 21, 2010

A federal judge has ordered the city to correct what he called years of discrimination against minority fire fighter applicants.


Judge: FDNY Hiring Practices Discriminatory

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A federal judge has ruled that New York City is intentionally discriminating against blacks by continuing to use written exams to screen and rank firefighters.


Landlord to Default on Stuyvesant Town

Friday, January 08, 2010

The owners of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village have announced that they'll default on their mortgage.


Legal Aid Fund for Poor Drying Up

Thursday, December 10, 2009

A fund that pays for free legal services for poor New Yorkers is quickly drying up.


U.S. Grant to Renew Food Stamps Online

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A federal grant of more than $600,000 will allow New Yorkers to renew their food stamps online.


Inspections Rankle StuyTown Residents

Monday, October 19, 2009

Tenants at Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village say landlord Tishman Speyer is conducting massive complex-wide apartment inspections and then threatening them with possible evictions.