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special report Apr. 17, 2019

Mayor Violated Ethics Rules in Seeking Donations, DOI Finds

Apr. 17, 2019
De Blasio solicited donations from individuals seeking tax breaks, deed transfers and other favors from his administration, according to a DOI report.
Mayor Violated Ethics Rules in Seeking Donations, DOI Finds De Blasio solicited donations from individuals seeking tax breaks, deed transfers and other favors from his administration, according to a DOI report.
  1. signature move

    Insurgent Queens DA Candidate Tries to Narrow Crowded Field

    Mina Malik, one of seven hopefuls, is targeting trio of a rivals with petition challenges as she aims to become only former prosecutor in the race.
    signature move
  2. release reform

    Brooklyn District Attorney Vows: I Won’t Fight Parole in Most Cases

    The Marshall Project
    The new policy – and related changes – represents a major shift for Eric Gonzalez, who lost his brother to gun violence two decades ago.
    release reform
  3. changing times

    Pleas for Relief: Urgent Need for Diaper Stations in Bronx County Building

    Despite its size and the scope of services it provides — and new laws at every level — the building does not have any public diaper-changing stations.
    changing times
  4. ferries

    Double Duty: How an Overseer of NYC Ferry Became an Investor

    Mark Patricof, a member of the Economic Development Corp.’s board, advised a buyout of NYC Ferry parent company Hornblower last year.
    ferries
  5. corrective measures

    Guarded Numbers: Probe Finds Vast Undercount of Violent Incidents at City Jails

    Correction Department stats on inmate brawls are “unreliable” — thanks to shoddy record-keeping and secret “coaching” of employees, a DOI probe found.
    corrective measures
  6. equality

    City Discrimination and Diversity Watchdog Goes Leaderless for Years

    Because of inaction by the mayor and City Council, the Equal Employment Practices Commission has lacked a chairperson since 2015.
    equality
  7. nycha

    Long-Delayed Development at NYCHA Site Pulled After 14 Years

    Talk of affordable housing construction on land at Harborview Terrace in Hell’s Kitchen began with the 2005 Hudson Yards deal.
    nycha
  8. subways

    Work Train Delays Could Add to Pain on the L

    With night-and-weekend work coming for the East River tunnel, riders gird for potential residual service snags. The MTA says there’s no need to worry.
    subways
  9. arrested

    Shift in State Law Could Spare Many Charged With Misdemeanors From Lockup

    Low-level offenses are likely to be given more leniency under provision tucked into Albany budget deal.
    arrested
  10. special report

    Dialing 911 Daily: How Mental Health Crisis Strains Neighborhoods

    Alarmed residents near psychiatric hospitals and shelters for the mentally ill help fuel surge in “emotionally disturbed persons” NYPD calls.
    special report
  11. albany

    Far-Reaching Rent Reforms Resist Albany Consensus

    The Assembly’s tenant-friendly gambit puts pressure on the newly Democratic Senate to up the ante. But sweeping change is far from a sure thing.
    albany
  12. money train

    Price of MTA Cost-Cutting Consultant Rises

    The deal has gone from $2.3 million to $3.75 million. Officials say the job is expanding, but one board member called the bill “troubling.”
    money train
  13. education

    Public Funding of Private-School Security Grows by Millions

    A three-year-old program using public money for security guards at private schools – including elite institutions – is on pace to run $22.3 million.
    education
  14. surveillance

    Bronx Prosecutors Want to Keep an Eye on You

    The Bronx DA is creating a database of private security camera locations to help ID suspected criminals. Civil liberties advocates are concerned.
    surveillance
  15. barred

    Locked Out: Jails Critics Say They’ve Been Nixed From Post-Rikers Talks

    The city set up advisory committees and vowed transparency. But opponents say there were kept out of invitation-only sessions on life after Rikers.
    barred
  16. immigration

    Language School Ordered Evicted Weeks Before Stranding Students

    Staff and visa-dependent students at the English-language school ALCC had only four days’ notice before the Midtown institution shuttered.
    immigration
  17. work

    Food Carts Back on Council’s Front Burner

    Street vendors’ hopes for more permits heat up, following a long chill. But it’s unclear whether a new bill will pass mayoral muster.
    work
  18. broken promises

    De Blasio Slammed for Leaving Senior Housing Funds Out of Budget

    A pledged $500 million for seniors never made it into the mayor’s budget proposal. City Hall is eyeing other options as housing advocates fume.
    broken promises
  19. education

    Wrong Envelope: Students Accepted to Coveted Lab School After Rejection Snafu

    Chalkbeat
    Some 144 students were erroneously informed that they didn’t get into the coveted New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies.
    education
  20. jails

    City Scrambles to Open Special Units for Mentally Ill Inmates

    Only three of nine new jail units promised in 2016 are operating. That’s raised concerns the city won’t complete the other six by its 2020 deadline.
    jails
  21. nycha

    Cuomo Ready to Deliver on Long-Delayed NYCHA Aid, Says Monitor

    Repairs on public housing boilers and elevators in dozens of New York City Housing Authority buildings await $450M in pledged funds
    nycha
  22. crackdown

    Staten Island Bus Riders Cry Foul on Fare-Evasion Crackdown

    In a borough where MetroCard machines are few and far between, commuters want transit enforcers to hop off their backs.
    crackdown
  23. ferries

    Stringer Fires Another Torpedo at EDC’s Embattled Ships

    NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer has sent back an $82 million plan to buy new boats, questioning the integrity of the EDC’s selection process.
    ferries
  24. not cool

    Mayor Flunking on Pledge to Put A/C in Every Classroom

    Two years after Mayor de Blasio’s air-conditioning vow, fuzzy math put the project behind schedule as costs rise faster than July temperatures.
    not cool
  25. special report

    Bad Vets Rarely Face Punishment, Records Show

    Even veterinarians found to have practiced with “gross negligence” are often back at work within a few months.
    special report
  26. nycha

    HUD Official Eyes Fines in NYCHA Attempted Sex Abuse Case

    Lynne Patton spoke out after THE CITY revealed a repairman allegedly assaulted a woman in a tenant’s apartment where he was supposed to be working.
    nycha
  27. education

    Suspensions Drop 14% in Public Schools After Spike Last Year

    Chalkbeat
    Meanwhile, city statistics also show that average suspension lengths fell 30 percent in the first half of the school year.
    education
  28. nycha

    Former Texas Mayor Emerges as Top Candidate in NYCHA Chief Search

    Saul Ramirez Jr., who has ties to Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo, would become the first housing boss under the federal oversight deal.
    nycha
  29. in the paint

    Subway Graffiti Costs and Delays Up as New Generation Makes Their Mark

    New York City Transit’s annual graffiti cleaning tab surged to $610,956 in 2018 — an increase of 364% from just two years earlier.
    in the paint
  30. nycha

    On-Duty NYCHA Repairman Charged With Sex Abuse in Tenant’s Manhattan Apartment

    On the year’s coldest day, an assistant electrician allegedly brought a woman to a flat where he was supposed to be making repairs and assaulted her.
    nycha
  31. sign of times

    Bye-Bye Bergen: Brooklyn School Sheds Slave-Owner Family Name

    Prospect Heights’ P.S. 9 will be renamed after Sarah Smith Garnet, the first African-American woman to become a New York public school principal.
    sign of times
  32. money in politics

    Developers Donate Big to Queens DA Candidate Who Vows Construction Crackdown

    Melinda Katz says she sees no conflict between promise to prosecute dangerous builders and $250k-plus in real estate campaign contributions.
    money in politics
  33. undocumented

    Yellow Light for Immigrant Driver’s Licenses as State Bill Revs Up

    If bills from two Bronx Democrats pass, New York would join a dozen other states that issue licenses to the undocumented.
    undocumented
  34. justice

    Man Charged in Detective’s Death Says He Wanted to Commit ‘Suicide by Cop’

    Christopher Ransom, who says he’s battled mental illness, faces murder charges in the friendly fire death of Queens Det. Brian Simonsen.
    justice
  35. mta

    ‘Imminent’ Domain: Uncertain Second Ave. Subway Plans Have Locals on Edge

    Many in East Harlem are just realizing that early MTA plans to build new Second Avenue stations require displacing hundreds of people.
    mta
  36. bummer rental

    Small Homeowners Pay Big Fines for Short-Term Airbnb-style Rentals

    Owners of one- and two-family homes are absorbing millions in penalties under city crackdown on ‘illegal hotels.’
    bummer rental
  37. city hall

    Mayor Says Stop Flushing Money Down Drain for Park Bathrooms

    De Blasio said he’s working to streamline government bureaucracy that’s led to a 175% increase in cost of park bathrooms since 2011.
    city hall
  38. immigration

    Visa-Dependent Students Stranded by Closure of Manhattan English-Language School

    Midtown’s American Language Communications Center cancelled classes with no warning, putting hundreds at risk of losing their student visas.
    immigration
  39. waste management

    No Relief as Pricey Park Bathrooms Put Pressure on Taxpayers

    The average cost for a NYC Parks Dept. bathroom has nearly tripled to $3.6 million since 2011, records show. Now, one is slated to run $6 million.
    waste management
  40. transit

    ‘Emergency’ Break: Why is MTA Locked in Crisis Mode?

    Two years after Gov. Cuomo declared a “state of emergency,” allowing contracts without board oversight, critics ask why it’s still in effect.
    transit
  41. mail boxed

    Stamp of Disapproval for Brooklyn Post Office in IG Audit

    Long lines, missed mail, understaffing and other headaches have Bushwick residents, politicians and union officials feeling boxed in.
    mail boxed
  42. ferries

    Comptroller: Put NYC Ferries in DOT Hands

    After THE CITY revealed the high cost of EDC’s decision to buy boats for a new system, Scott Stringer called for a Transportation Dept. takeover.
    ferries
  43. big spender

    High-Flying Cy: How Manhattan DA Vance Spent $250K on Travel and Food

    The prosecutor has tapped a little-scrutinized fund for pricey work trips to London, Paris and elsewhere over the past five years, records show.
    big spender
  44. lone runner

    GOP Is MIA: Staten Island’s Democratic DA Will Run Unchallenged

    Republican officials in the only borough that voted Trump couldn’t field anyone to face incumbent Michael McMahon, who is likely to coast to victory.
    lone runner
  45. death on the job

    The Price of a Laborer’s Life: $63,647 OSHA Fine for Shady Contractor

    OSHA investigators found that a cave-in warning was ignored shortly before immigrant construction worker Luis Sánchez Almonte died buried in rubble.
    death on the job
  46. ferries

    City Hall’s $369 Million Riverboat Gamble on Ferries

    Taxpayers are poised to pay for a bevy of ferry boats – a cost that might have been avoided had officials picked another bidder, documents show.
    ferries
  47. albany

    Congestion Digestion: What You Need to Know About the MTA Budget Boosters

    Albany’s deal will wring funds from motorists, pricey properties and online transactions — but it’s still not enough to save ailing subways and buses.
    albany
  48. post no bills

    Barging In: City Suit Seeks to Sink Sailing Signage

    A new lawsuit from the de Blasio administration aims to ground a Florida company that has been floating billboards in New York waters since last fall.
    post no bills
  49. transit

    No Fare: 1 in 5 Bus Riders Don’t Pay

    Nearly 370,000 passengers sneak on daily – marking a big jump since 2013 and helping drive $225 million in annual fare-evasion losses, MTA stats show.
    transit
  50. special report

    The NYPD’s Mental Illness Response Breakdown

    As 911 calls reporting emotionally disturbed people doubled in a decade, training lags and a key response team has been kept out of the loop.
    special report
  51. jails

    City Seeks to Move Mentally Ill Inmates to Hospitals

    A new possibility in plans to close Rikers Island jails: relocation of mentally ill and medically needy to secure hospital facilities
    jails
  52. work

    A Taste of Justice for Food Vendors Whose Carts Were Trashed by City

    Unlicensed street vendors are on the brink of a city legal settlement after seeing their carts and food hauled off by the NYPD and Health Department
    work
  53. transit

    As Hudson Yards Rises, Broken Subway Escalators Make for Steep Climbs

    The $2.4 billion 34th Street-Hudson Yards station is plagued by three of the 10 most failure-prone subway escalators in Manhattan, records show.
    transit
  54. jails

    Sprint to Eliminate Cash Bail Raises Tough Choice: Whom to Jail?

    Lawmakers finalizing a bill to ban bail resist demands from DAs to jail defendants deemed dangerous
    jails
  55. thrivenyc

    Chirlane McCray’s Mental Health Program Struggles to Retain Key Staff

    The First Lady’s ThriveNYC has seen scores of psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers leave its largest program before their commitment is up.
    thrivenyc
  56. jails

    City Jails Sued Over Brooklyn Man’s Untreated Health Woes

    When Lloyd Haynes arrived at a city jail more than a year ago, he warned an intake doctor that he has a rare medical condition requiring special care.
    jails
  57. nycha

    NYCHA Monitor Bart Schwartz Clashed with the SEC

    The man tapped by the feds to oversee public housing quit a receivership job in 2017 amid concerns over fees and a potential conflict of interest.
    nycha
  58. nycha

    Manhattan BP Threatens Mayor With Lawsuit Over Public-Private Housing Plan

    Gale Brewer vows legal action against mayor if “NYCHA 2.0” project rammed through.
    nycha
  59. nycha

    New NYCHA Monitor’s Strange Political Bedfellows

    Federal officials have picked their monitor to oversee the embattled New York City Housing Authority, THE CITY has learned.
    nycha
  60. amazon

    Interview with the Amazon Slayer: Queens Sen. Mike Gianaris

    The nomination of Queens State Sen. Mike Gianaris to a post with veto power doomed HQ2. His next target: New York’s vast corporate tax breaks.
    amazon