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health care 4:10 AM

Booming Long-Term Care Industry Drives Medicaid Cost Surge

4:10 AM
While Gov. Cuomo demands NYC pay a greater share, insurers sign up patients by the thousands — sometimes for services they don’t actually get.
Booming Long-Term Care Industry Drives Medicaid Cost Surge While Gov. Cuomo demands NYC pay a greater share, insurers sign up patients by the thousands — sometimes for services they don’t actually get.
  1. going concern

    For Fine Relief, Stores Could Open Their Restrooms to the Public

    The city Department of Consumer and Worker Protection readies to allow retailers to cancel penalties by providing bathrooms to customers.
    going concern
  2. communication breakdown

    311 Assailed as ‘Epic Failure’ for the Deaf Community

    At Council meeting, Councilmember Fernando Cabrera calls out accessibility issues for hard-of-hearing New Yorkers and non-native English speakers.
    communication breakdown
  3. water logs

    Subway Water Main Pain Already Worse Than Last Year

    There have been 150 more water-related delays or cancelations of subways this month than there were in all of 2019, according to MTA data.
    water logs
  4. tale of the tape

    Vance Prosecutor Accused of Hiding Evidence Offers Defense

    Diana Florence tells court a mistake was made — but denied purposely sitting on tape that damaged star witness’ credibility in bribery cases.
    tale of the tape
  5. ccrb

    Cops in NYPD Trial Accused of Harassing Bronx Kids Over ‘Frozen’ Bookbag

    Two NYPD officers with a history of complaints were among officers who allegedly stopped and manhandled teens brothers over a Disney-themed backpack.
  6. shopping block

    As Red Hook Workers Fret Over Fairway Fate, Residents Say Grocer Priced Poor Out

    The Brooklyn neighborhood transformed by the 2006 arrival of the now-bankrupt upscale market chain could see a major employer vanish.
    shopping block
  7. tale of the tape

    A Top Prosecutor in Manhattan DA Vance’s Office Accused of Hiding Evidence

    Construction fraud-buster Diana Florence leaves post after allegations she withheld damaging recording of star witness in bribery cases.
    tale of the tape
  8. bye-ford

    Subway and Bus Boss Andy Byford’s Transit Triumphs and Unfinished Business

    Byford suddenly resigned two years into his transit turnaround efforts. His successor faces steep challenges — including dealing with Gov. Cuomo.
  9. doors shut

    Access-A-Ride Users Face Access Challenges at Access-A-Ride Centers

    Lack of automatic doors at the six centers where people with limited mobility must go to get the MTA’s paratransit service raises additional barrier.
    doors shut
  10. reform

    Bronx DA Clark Vows to ‘Work With’ New Bail Law Amid Concerns

    As Cuomo and de Blasio call for changes, the prosecutor said she’s dealing with the rules — even if they’re “a little more extreme than I’d like.”
  11. keeping track

    Group Wants to Shed More Light on MTA Budget Busters

    When MTA officials got rid of quarterly reports last year, they made it much harder to hold them accountable for cost overruns, watchdog group says.
    keeping track
  12. albany

    Cuomo’s Recipe to Plug $6B Budget Hole: Everyone Shares Medicaid Pain

    Proposed Medicaid changes could leave NYC on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars a year as governor put forward record $178.6 billion plan.
  13. prosecution rests?

    Manhattan DA Vance Stumbles in Campaign Cash Race as He Mulls Re-Run

    Cy Vance’s opponents called for his resignation over sex crime case. He defended his office, but won’t say if he’ll seek reelection.
    prosecution rests?
  14. checked out

    Background Backlog Leaves Students Without After-Care, Special Ed. Teachers

    A massive backlog of background check requests to New York City’s Department of Health means many teachers are sitting and waiting to work.
    checked out
  15. present tense

    Beijing to Brooklyn ‘Friendship’ Arch Gift Collapses

    The present from China for Sunset Park, seven years in the making, falls victim to “geopolitical tensions,” Borough President Eric Adams says.
    present tense
  16. tale of two cities

    Mayor’s Affordable Housing Program Struggles to Integrate New Yorkers by Income

    Our analysis shows most new affordable housing is concentrated in poorest neighborhoods. Meanwhile, middle-income apartments go to wealthier areas.
    tale of two cities
  17. gap year

    What You Need to Know to Decode Cuomo’s $175 Billion-Plus State Budget Speech

    New York’s quirk-packed budget process gets more complicated this year, thanks to a Medicaid-fueled $6 billion deficit. Here’s how it all affects you.
    gap year
  18. class action

    From Client to Staff, Queens Teen Pivots From Prison Path

    There was a time when young Fatu Kamara desperately needed the Queens Defenders help. Now she helps them help others.
    class action
  19. traffic

    NYC Congestion Pricing Plan Needs Open Doors, Watchdogs Say

    New York State’s Committee on Open Government is urging the MTA to make congestion pricing process more transparent.
  20. education

    Find Your NYC School’s 2019 Graduation Rate

    City students graduated at a record high last school year. Chalkbeat made a searchable database to find any public or charter school graduation rate.
  21. ankle support

    City Scrambling to Get Electronic Monitors for New Bail Rules

    Even with new rules in effect, the city is looking at ankle bracelets and apps. Meanwhile, some defendants are being set free, sans monitoring.
    ankle support
  22. bill's bills

    Mayor’s $95.3 Billion Proposed Budget Adds Costs, Not Programs

    Despite no new big-ticket items, Bill de Blasio’s no-frills fiscal plan piles on $3.1 billion personnel and other costs as state money woes loom.
    bill's bills
  23. wrong track

    ‘Shoddy’ Outreach to Homeless Led to Missed Subway Goals, Comptroller Says

    A new audit from State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli blames surge in subway homelessness on poor oversight of nonprofit tasked with outreach.
    wrong track
  24. succession

    Likely New Brooklyn Dems Boss Gets Big Bucks From Groups Her Bills Aid

    Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte proves a fundraising powerhouse with a boost from doctors, lawyers and entrepreneurs who seek her help.
  25. ny-9

    Two Congressional Hopefuls Sharing the Same Brooklyn Coworking Space

    Politics makes strange office-fellows. Isiah James and Alex Hubbard, long-shots in the NY-9 race, have headquarters just steps away from each other.
  26. nycha

    HUD Secretary Carson Claims Fewer ‘Horrible Things’ in NYC Public Housing

    The housing boss argued there’s been “substantial improvement” at NYCHA — even as tab to fix the ailing home to 400k New Yorkers rises to $42 billion.
  27. ill timed

    Bloomberg’s Firm Violated Sick Leave Law He Vetoed as Mayor, but Now Supports

    The billionaire presidential hopeful’s media company was cited for a policy requiring workers to provide a doctor’s note after one or two sick days.
    ill timed
  28. helping hands

    Puerto Ricans in New York Help Homeland, Using Lessons from Maria

    Grassroots aid efforts sprout following the Jan. 7 earthquake as local politicians pledge support and critics say Washington is MIA.
    helping hands
  29. jails

    Correction Board Seeks Probe Into ‘Misuse’ of Rikers Body Scanners

    The city jails oversight body recommends “an immediate investigation” — citing “risk of radiation exposure” due to a lack of staff training.
  30. the count

    City Reveals $40 Million Plan of Attack on 2020 Census

    The effort will rely on outreach to traditionally undercounted communities with Congressional representation and federal funding at stake.
    the count
  31. immigration

    Some Undocumented Students Find Letdown at End of NY DREAM Act Rainbow

    The NY DREAM Act opened college help to undocumented students. But the confusing process ended with unexpected — and unexplained — bad news for some.
  32. stand clear

    Rising Reports of Subway Door Surprise Openings Still Rare But Jarring

    After MTA pulled new cars because of door issues, THE CITY found 139 reports system-wide over the last two years — including 64 in 2019.
    stand clear
  33. schools

    State Could Ease Requirements for Officers Hearing Special Education Cases

    To help clear over 10,000 backlogged cases, New York state officials are considering eliminating requirement of law license — and upping pay.
  34. homelessness

    NYC’s Biggest Shelter Plagued by Asbestos and Other Dangers

    Manhattan’s 30th Street Men’s Shelter, which houses up to 850 homeless, is rife with code violations that include fire safety hazards, records show.
  35. battling hate

    Amid Hate Spike, A Crown Heights Leader Pleads: ‘We Have to Do Better’

    Richard Green helped bring residents together after the 1991 riots. As anti-Semitic incidents rise, he’s calling for resources — and understanding.
    battling hate
  36. left out

    Staten Island Family Court Struggles With Disability Act Compliance

    Judges, lawyers and litigants make do with trailers and courtroom swaps a decade after a promise of accessible new digs.
    left out
  37. education

    New Dyslexia Risk Screening at Two Brooklyn Schools — For $2,000

    Teachers assessing all first- and second-graders to identify learning challenges gets trial run, after bill to impose statewide testing stalled.
  38. wrong track

    Subway Door Problems Went Beyond Two Incidents, Records Show

    MTA officials say they pulled nearly 300 new train cars out of service after a pair of door malfunctions — but documents indicate additional issues.
    wrong track
  39. juvenile justice

    State Sets Rules to Give Due Process to Child Parolees

    Action follows judicial rebuke of city Administration for Children’s Services over how it decided which teens to send back to detention.
    juvenile justice
  40. in the books

    LIC Library Reveals Looming Shut-Down Date, With No New Home

    Popular branch in Citigroup Tower once eyed by Amazon will close a year after the tech giant cancelled its Long Island City deal.
    in the books
  41. public housing

    Contractor Guilty of Wage Theft Was Also NYCHA No-Bid King

    A review by THE CITY reveals that in 2018 alone, SAC Restoration received 29 separate no-bid contracts totaling more than $141,000.
    public housing
  42. pier pressure

    Future of West Side Piers Hazy as Cuomo Pushes for Action

    The governor wants a sketched plan for Pier 40 and Pier 76 from the Hudson River Park Trust by May. What that may look like is anyone’s guess.
    pier pressure
  43. ill bill

    City Sticks Home Health Care Agencies for Violating Paid Sick Leave Law

    More than 4,100 home health aides to get nearly $450,000 in restitution, says Department of Consumer and Worker Protection.
    ill bill
  44. wrong track

    MTA Yanks ‘Lemon’ Trains Out of Service

    Nearly 300 of the newest subway cars in the system were taken out of service early Wednesday morning due to issues with door reliability.
    wrong track
  45. public safety

    As City Vows New Facade Crackdown, Old Violations Leave Buildings ‘Unsafe’

    More than 300 buildings — including the “Gossip Girl” hotel — lack safety measures following failed inspections, city records show.
    public safety
  46. housing

    NYCHA’s New Year’s Gift for Jilted Wife: An Eviction Notice

    A Gowanus Houses mother of two battles effort to eject her family from their Brooklyn home over back rent allegedly owed by her ex-husband, an ex-cop.
  47. reading

    These Moms Couldn’t Find Schools for Dyslexia, So They Want to Start Their Own

    Four mothers who have faced reading challenges with their kids are vying to open a public elementary school of their own in Manhattan.
  48. a bronx tale

    Advisor to City Council’s Mark Gjonaj Quits as City Island Feud Festers

    A lawyer on the payroll of Councilmember Mark Gjonaj sued residents of the nautical northeast Bronx enclave over fiery social media posts.
    a bronx tale
  49. courts

    Key Bail Reform Support Program Is Still Months Away

    “Atlas” promises services to help freed defendants avoid trouble. But with new rules already in effect, no one has been selected to run the program.
  50. deep cuts

    With $6 Billion State Budget Deficit, Will Cuomo Target NYC?

    If history is any indicator, the governor will look to hit the city with social services cuts as ballooning Medicaid costs drive widening budget gap.
    deep cuts
  51. penned in

    Governor’s Penn Station Overhaul Plan Lacks Tunnel Vision

    Cuomo’s proposal to expand the rail hub by demolishing a city block and adding eight tracks avoids long-sought new tunnel to handle extra trains.
    penned in
  52. mob rule

    How Allegedly Mafia-Linked Firm Helped Build Affordable Bronx Apartments

    A new taxpayer-subsidized building in Mayor de Blasio’s housing push used a contractor prosecutors say is tied to Gambino crime family.
    mob rule
  53. mother nature

    Paws and Effect: A Menagerie of Creatures Creating Subway Delays

    Dogs, geese, possums and turkeys are among the virtual barnyard of on-the-loose animals that delayed 238 trains last year.
    mother nature
  54. always be voting

    Five Trips to the Polls to Pick Queens Borough President

    Taxpayers will carry the tab for the marathon of sprints facing the six candidates vying to replace Melinda Katz. Experts predict voter confusion.
    always be voting
  55. empty empire

    NYC’s First Outlet Mall Starved for Food Court and Stores

    A “food deck” was supposed to open at Staten Island’s new Empire Outlets this past fall, but winter has come without it as the mall remains half full.
    empty empire
  56. rabid transit

    Nevins St. Subway Raccoon Captured, Set Free in Prospect Park

    The crafty critter known as Chepe eluded capture for months, only to succumb to the lure of chicken and plantains.
    rabid transit
  57. taking flight

    A Peek at the Nellie Bly Memorial Set for Roosevelt Island

    Artist Amanda Matthews’ sculptures aim to represent faces of “women who had no visibility” that became the heart of Bly’s trailblazing reporting.
    taking flight
  58. the slow lane

    Light at the End of the Bridge for Staten Island Cyclists

    Nearly two years past its due date, the path along the $1.5 billion Goethals Bridge is gearing up to safely handle bikes and pedestrians.
    the slow lane
  59. teachable moments

    Amid Spree of Hate Crimes, City Looks to Past Offenders for Mentorship

    The de Blasio administration is considering recruiting those who committed anti-Semitic crimes as teens to teach young people to do the right thing.
    teachable moments
  60. where are they now?

    Catching Up With New Yorkers You Met in THE CITY

    Here’s the latest on some folks who lived tales of hope, adversity and change during an eventful 2019. They have more stories to tell.
    where are they now?
  61. criminal justice

    Bail Reformers Worry Prosecutors Will Amp Up Charges to Jail Defendants

    On brink of Jan. 1 law that will bar pretrial incarceration for lesser crimes, advocates say they’re wary of an unintended consequence: tougher raps.
    criminal justice
  62. top tips

    New Yorkers Shared News Tips With Us. Here’s How We Responded

    Listening to our readers is a big part of what THE CITY does. Here are some stories that came through the tip line in 2019.
    top tips
  63. a second look

    A Year in the Life of THE CITY — in Photos

    Check out our month-by-month collection of pictures capturing scenes of New York — a city where even the ordinary shines through the right lens.
    a second look
  64. study text

    Five Years Later, Schools Still Struggling With de Blasio’s Cell Phone Policy

    Nearly five years after the city education department lifted a ban on cell phones, schools across are still grappling with what to do about them.
    study text
  65. campaign bill

    De Blasio’s Fairness PAC Doubles Down Over Campaign Spending

    In pre-holiday letter to the FEC, the mayor’s camp concedes blowing deadline on $123K reimbursement for presidential polling, but denies breaking law.
    campaign bill
  66. race and class

    Case of Queens Principal Accused of Racism Pits Feds Against City DOE

    Seven years after alleged discrimination and retaliation, teachers who worked at an Elmhurst high school seek closure and justice in upcoming trial.
    race and class
  67. clemency

    Ailing Inmate Pins Clemency Hopes on Cuomo

    At 64, Ulysses Boyd has severe arthritis and an enlarged heart, and recently battled pneumonia. He’s not eligible for parole for another 16 years.
  68. big challenge

    Greenpoint Activist Vies to Unseat 47-Year Incumbent Lentol

    With her Brooklyn Assembly run, community board member and environmental advocate Emily Gallagher joins wave of upstarts rattling entrenched pols.
    big challenge
  69. clinic trial

    Local Concerns Over Cops Taking Mentally Ill to New ThriveNYC Clinics

    Two precincts in East Harlem and The Bronx will soon start sending people having psychiatric episodes to “diversion centers” they’ll be free to leave.
    clinic trial
  70. community power

    Judge Nixes Inwood Rezoning, Siding With Locals Against Mayoral Building Plan

    Decision requires the city to reboot neighborhood review with consideration of local concerns — including potential tenant displacement.
    community power
  71. child victims act

    Poly Prep Coach Sexually Assaulted Student, Lawsuit Alleges

    Tennis coach William Martire was sued Thursday under the Child Victims Act for allegedly sexual assault of a student during the 1980s.
    child victims act
  72. on the record

    Newly Revealed Bloomberg Emails Give Glimpse Into NYC Mayor Stint

    His City Hall archive is far from complete. But the limited emails we obtained offer a private look into the billionaire who would be president.
    on the record
  73. on the record

    A Search for Emails From Mike Bloomberg’s Mayoral Years

    Only limited emails sent via a server from Bloomberg’s media company made it to the city archives after being screened by his lawyers, officials said.
    on the record
  74. education

    Mayor Knew About Delay of Damning Yeshiva Report, Probe Finds

    City investigators say City Hall engaged in “political horse trading” during yeshiva review, but de Blasio was cleared of any wrongdoing.
  75. traveling show

    Governors Ball in Bronx? Organizers Pitch Festival Move to Van Cortlandt Park

    The weekend-long music festival could go from Randall’s Island to Van Cortlandt Park, THE CITY has learned.
    traveling show
  76. community boards

    Embattled Community Board Leader Steps Aside After Bias Case

    Richard Lewis withdrew from the chairmanship of Manhattan Community Board 12 following an investigation that found he displayed gender bias.
    community boards
  77. juvenile justice

    What Happens When a Kid Is Charged With a Felony Murder?

    A 13-year-old arrested in connection with the stabbing death of Tessa Majors faces a juvenile justice system that aspires to rehabilitate.
    juvenile justice
  78. housing

    De Blasio Turns Corner to Put Street Homeless on Fast Track to Homes

    Commitment to place 2,000 people in “safe havens” and apartments comes amid resistance to stays in strict and sometimes dangerous shelters.
  79. fast track

    Public Should Get More Time for Say on MTA Plans: Audit

    The transit agency should give public and board 45 days to weigh in on major proposals, audit recommends. That didn’t happen with new $51.5B plan.
    fast track
  80. public housing

    City Spends $3M for Public Housing Authority Advice It Already Paid $10M For

    A consulting firm’s report calling for an overhaul of NYCHA management echoes a 2012 document produced by another company, THE CITY’s review found.
    public housing
  81. losing streak

    Another ‘Worst Landlord’ Nod for Troubled Housing Group

    Tenants and contractor say Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corp. owes them big money as it sells buildings through bankruptcy.
    losing streak
  82. going into detail

    De Blasio’s Presidential Campaign Security Tab Probed

    City investigators examine how Mayor Bill de Blasio used taxpayer dollars on the security detail for his presidential campaign.
    going into detail
  83. public housing

    How NYCHA Lead and Repairs Scams Started Under Mike Bloomberg’s Mayoral Watch

    The former mayor, now running for president, never publicly questioned nearly 200K logged public housing fixes prosecutors later found never happened.
    public housing
  84. telephony

    311 Tone Deaf on Language Options for Non-Native English Speakers

    The city’s complaint and information service offers just six languages, our test found, when the law requires 10.
  85. education

    Teacher Coaches Push Small Gains in Student Achievement, Study Shows

    Education experts had varied reactions to the report, which also noted that not all teachers and administrators are working well with the coaches.
  86. going up

    Cost of Replacing Subway Elevators Expected to Double

    The estimated price tag for 19 new lifts is rising from $69 million to $134 million, according to MTA documents.
    going up
  87. housing

    Tenants Sue for Repairs at Embattled East Side Public Housing Complexes

    Residents of the Holmes and Isaacs Towers in Yorkville want a judge to correct “years of neglect,” while NYCHA mulls selling air rights to raise cash.
  88. health

    IDNYC Drug Discounts Cancelled for Addictive Opioid Medications

    BigAppleRX program can no longer be used for many pain pills — part of a trend toward restrictions that some doctors and advocates worry goes too far.
  89. memoriam

    South Korea Asks Queens Cemetery for WWI Veteran’s Remains

    Gihwan Whang, a native Korean who fought for U.S. and was at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, has been interred at Mount Olivet cemetery since 1923.
  90. congress

    Democratic Socialists Look to Bronx U.S. House Race for Next Victory

    Samelys Lopez hopes the leftists who elevated AOC will help her win contest to succeed Rep. Jose Serrano. But will DSA play north of the Triborough?
  91. justice

    Report Calls on New NYPD Top Cop Dermot Shea to Abolish Gang Database

    The “Erase the Database” campaign, to be launched Thursday, marks the latest in a yearslong effort to end the monitoring up to 42,000 New Yorkers.
  92. housing

    Seniors Fight Homeless Charity Pushing Them Out on Street

    Council Speaker Corey Johnson and others vow to aid elderly in the Hell’s Kitchen residence run by a nonprofit tied to pet food magnate Leonard Stern.
  93. raising questions

    Max Rose’s Cross-Country Joint Fund Push Skirts Impeachment Talk

    New York City’s most vulnerable House Democrat joins high-profile California counterpart Katie Porter to raise money without mentioning Trump’s woes.
    raising questions
  94. housing

    Manhattan Seniors Pushed Out as Building Goes Up for Sale

    Amid a housing crisis for elderly New Yorkers, reps for The Riverview in Hell’s Kitchen says it couldn’t find seniors to fill the 80-unit building.
  95. education

    Two Brooklyn Schools Prepare for Merger That Would Further Student Integration

    As other desegregation battles flare, Fort Greene’s Arts & Letters aims to fold into Bed-Stuy’s PS 305 to reduce crowding and boost diversity.
  96. flight plan

    How Bird-Friendly Building Rules Will Fly in New York

    The City Council is set to make the skyline safer for our feathered friends. Here’s how the law will work for new construction and major renovations.
    flight plan
  97. schools

    State Regents Board Seeks $2 Billion Education Funding Boost

    Education policymakers cast a final vote on the ask Tuesday, but expect the amount the governor actually gives to school spending to be much less.
  98. blame canada

    Stringer Blasts MTA, Subway Car Maker Over ‘Lemon’ Trains

    The MTA’s $600 million deal with Bombardier is a “case study in what not to do,” the city’s financial watchdog charges as old cars stay on the rails.
    blame canada
  99. out of line

    Mob Looted Tax-Break Towers Rising Along The High Line: Feds

    The Gambino crime family inflated bills for work on a Chelsea condo complex with a $25m penthouse — and a $1.5m tax credit, prosecutors allege.
    out of line
  100. a new battle

    Veterans Vulnerable as Trump Threatens Food Aid for 70,000 New Yorkers

    New Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program work requirements also could end exemptions for The Bronx, Upper Manhattan and southeast Queens.
    a new battle