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race and class Dec. 5, 2019

Parents Bristle at School District’s Path to Diversity Plan

Dec. 5, 2019
A contentious meeting in Jamaica highlights broad community opposition to education officials’ citywide effort to better integrate middle schools.
Parents Bristle at School District’s Path to Diversity Plan A contentious meeting in Jamaica highlights broad community opposition to education officials’ citywide effort to better integrate middle schools.
  1. children

    Access to Child Services Linked to Race, Neighborhood and Income, Analysis Finds

    Measure of America
    Analysis of data obtained by Measure of America and THE CITY finds kids in South Bronx and Harlem least likely to get Early Intervention evaluations.
    children
  2. cash rules

    Bronx Man in Jail After Bail Bond Vanishes on Eve of Criminal Justice Reforms

    Ahead of Jan. 1, when new laws on bail take effect, public defenders report that bond companies are leaving clients empty-handed — and behind bars.
    cash rules
  3. education

    Small Set of City Hearing Officers Deluged With Special Ed Complaints

    Chalkbeat and THE CITY
    As of last month, 12 hearing officers alone were handling a combined caseload of 5,065 — more than half the citywide total.
    education
  4. house hunting

    Housing Bias Fight Carries on Case by Case While Citywide Response Waits

    “Where We Live NYC” project to fight racial and other discrimination approaches its second anniversary, while results are still under wraps.
    house hunting
  5. shock treatment

    CCRB Review of NYPD Taser Use Shows Discrepancies

    A review of Taser-use complaints found cops mostly deployed them on people of color and a “significant number” of people with mental health issues.
    shock treatment
  6. nypd

    Louima Cop Back on Public Payroll as a NYCHA Carpenter

    Charles Schwarz, convicted of perjury in the 1997 NYPD brutality case, works for the NYC Public Housing Authority, records show.
    nypd
  7. transit

    Lax Background Checks Led to Risky MTA Hires, Probe Finds

    Poor communication and shoddy screening allowed people convicted of serious crimes to become city transit workers, inspector general’s report shows.
    transit
  8. kids behind bars

    Force More Frequent Against Teens At Juvenile Lockups

    Stats revealed at Council hearing where city officials came under fire for a rocky start to a law intended to protect kids who are arrested.
    kids behind bars
  9. education

    Find Out How Much Your School’s PTA Raises

    Chalkbeat
    Data released for the first time Monday lays bare funding disparities between schools in wealthy neighborhoods and those in low-income ones.
    education
  10. waved off

    Sea Gate Adrift After Local Politician’s Corruption Scandal

    Disgraced Assemblymember Pamela Harris secured Sandy recovery aid for the Coney Island community — funds now washed out to sea under her successor.
    waved off
  11. education

    Special Education Cases Face ‘Alarming’ Delays as Kids Wait for Help

    Only five hearing officers are set to handle hundreds of new complaints — violating “the civil rights of students with disabilities,” lawyers charge.
    education
  12. punitive segregation

    City Jail Overseer Urged to End Solitary Confinement After Layleen Polanco Death

    Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, speaking at Board of Correction’s first hearing on proposed limits, says NYC can “serve as a model for the nation.”
    punitive segregation
  13. health

    Detox Units Closing at All 11 NYC-Run Hospitals

    Patients going through difficult process of weaning off drugs and alcohol will be steered back to overworked emergency rooms, THE CITY has learned.
    health
  14. falling down

    NYCHA Playgrounds Languish in Disrepair While Funds Go Unspent

    At least 22 public housing playgrounds are slated for an overhaul, but the Housing Authority has given little sign of when the work will be completed.
    falling down
  15. adrift

    Homeless Youth Age Into Adulthood Still Waiting for Housing Aid Promised in 2017

    Most young adults must leave youth shelters when they turn 21, yet are still denied promised vouchers to help them pay for their own apartments.
    adrift
  16. dirty work

    Transit Union Demands More Subway Cleaners to Combat Filthy Trains

    The push to restore positions comes as workers clash with the MTA over a new contract — and after THE CITY revealed a spike in soiled trains.
    dirty work
  17. love

    Family Courts Become Hubs of Happiness for Adoption Month

    November is National Adoption Month. We recently visited several court ceremonies around New York as new families formed in time for Thanksgiving.
    love
  18. chilling journey

    Cold Train: Staten Islanders Shiver as New Rail Cars Still Years Away

    The Staten Island Railway’s fleet of 47-year-old train cars leave commuters with little heat. New ones won’t arrive until late 2022.
    chilling journey
  19. public housing

    NYCHA Monitor’s $12 Million Budget Includes His $600-an-Hour Pay

    Deal to oversee housing reform will cost taxpayers at least $60m over five years. Even with a pay cap, the monitor will out-earn de Blasio and Cuomo.
    public housing
  20. payment plan

    Official Demoted Amid Federal Probe of de Blasio Admin Settles for $200K

    Geneith Turnbull alleged her pay was cut by $108K after complaining her underling got a raise for protecting the mayor in donor investigation.
    payment plan
  21. rail concern

    Anti-Amazon Pols Signal Concerns Over Sunnyside Yards Plans

    Fighting EDC again, a coalition that includes Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rails against another Queens “mega-project” a neighborhood over from LIC.
    rail concern
  22. class action

    Wall Street Rent Fight Spurs New Class-Action Suit as Landlord Seeks SCOTUS Help

    Tenants in a big Financial District apartment building are pushing for rent-stabilized leases they say are owed in exchange for a tax break.
    class action
  23. curb appeal

    Landlord Looks to Supreme Court in Downtown Rent Overcharge Fight

    Lawyers for Clipper Equity have asked the high court to review a June ruling by the NYS Court of Appeals, which found tenants were due rebates.
    curb appeal
  24. nycha

    Public Housing Workers Tried to Fool the Feds on Building Repairs

    Three NYCHA staffers have been suspended for allegedly tricking HUD inspectors by falsely claiming fixes had been completed, THE CITY has learned.
    nycha
  25. justice

    Children’s Aid Society Ignored Girl’s Sexual Abuse for Years: Lawsuit

    The Bronx Supreme Court suit is among the latest of a growing number filed in New York following the passage of the state’s Child Victims Act.
    justice
  26. campaign bill

    FEC Flags de Blasio Use of State PAC to Fund White House Run

    For the second time in four days, the feds ask sharp questions about mayor’s unorthodox sharing of campaign money among multiple committees.
    campaign bill
  27. death on the job

    Construction Overseers Charged With Manslaughter in Luis Sánchez Almonte’s Death

    Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez presses rare manslaughter prosecutions in the 2018 fatal crushing of excavation worker Luis Sánchez Almonte in Sunset Park.
    death on the job
  28. rail fail

    Newest Subway Cars Breaking Down More Often Than Some Old Ones

    The shiny cars on the A, C, J and Z lines, which hit the tracks two years ago this week, are less durable than some dating to the 1980s, records show.
    rail fail
  29. housing

    From Shelter to Home to Street: One Man’s Homeless Struggle

    Karim Walker counted as a success story when he moved into permanent housing. Now, he’s living in the subways. Can de Blasio’s new Outreach NYC help?
    housing
  30. rules of the road

    DMV Took Away a Brooklyn Man’s License — 18 Years After His Last DWI

    The Bensonhurst resident racked up six DWIs from 1990 to 2000, and none since, court papers show. The DMV revoked his license in 2018. Now he’s suing.
    rules of the road
  31. conflict resolution

    Manhattan Community Board Leader Cited for Gender Bias

    Borough President Gale Brewer’s office found Richard Lewis removed women from leadership roles. But he’s not going anywhere.
    conflict resolution
  32. rabid transit

    Raccoons Rack Up a Growing Number of Subway Delays

    An L train struck a furry forager in Brooklyn Saturday night — the latest in a string of wild transit snags outdoors and underground.
    rabid transit
  33. education

    Bard High School Eyes Bronx, But Admissions Policy Might Not Fly

    Chalkbeat
    The school, already in Manhattan and Queens, lets students earn an associate degree. But selective admissions process could sink its chances.
    education
  34. human rights

    Landlords Ghost Apartment Hunters When Housing Vouchers Come Up

    It’s against the law to discriminate against a tenant who relies on government funds. That doesn’t stop some brokers from pulling a vanishing act.
    human rights
  35. mental health screening

    San Antonio ‘Crisis Cops’ Deliver NYPD Lessons on Dealing with Mentally Ill

    New HBO documentary about Texas city’s approach to 911 calls where mental health plays role is shown to New York cops amid plans for policing reforms.
    mental health screening
  36. campaign bill

    FEC Raises New Questions Over De Blasio Campaign Spending

    The mayor’s federal Fairness PAC may have violated the law by accepting a $123,000 donation from his presidential campaign.
    campaign bill
  37. building blocks

    LIC Luxury Tower Leaves Behind People with Disabilities, Lawsuit Alleges

    The federal discrimination suit against the Queens building marks the latest legal action stemming from the past decade’s development boom.
    building blocks
  38. education

    NYC Boosts Salaries for 1,500 Non-Union Pre-K Teachers

    Chalkbeat
    Pay for teachers in publicly funded but privately run programs would rise by October 2021 to $69,000 — on par with first-year public school teachers.
    education
  39. special report

    How Shelter Chaos Drives Many Homeless to Live on Streets and in Subways

    NYC’s biggest shelter is plagued by violence — often carried out by repeat offenders who remain in the system, a trove of incident reports reveals.
    special report
  40. health care

    Family Caregivers Seek Tax Credit to Help Pay for Aides and Supplies

    The state would reimburse relatives up to $3,500 annually for costs incurred taking care of ailing loved ones, under a bill to boost unpaid helpers.
    health care
  41. shocking wait

    Power Players Leave Hunts Point Meat Market Lacking Electric Backup

    The City Council approved $3.5 million for the emergency power supply in 2016. But the Hunts Point project is snagged by “regulatory delays.”
    shocking wait
  42. education

    Schools Chancellor Carranza Boycotts His Own Parent Advisory Group

    Chalkbeat
    His decision is a direct response to a bitter internal battle among the parents who are supposed to offer counsel to the city public schools leader.
    education
  43. off track

    Repeatedly Stuck Switches Drive Brooklyn Subway Commuters to Despair

    Wednesday’s evening massive rush-hour delays stemmed from Q and B train equipment that’s failed chronically, MTA records obtained by THE CITY show.
    off track
  44. unwanted neighbors

    East Bronx Politicians Join Groundswell of Opposition to Drug Treatment Clinics

    While saying they seek solutions to a deadly opioid epidemic, officials across the spectrum rally to stop planned facilities — the latest in Allerton.
    unwanted neighbors
  45. booking ahead

    A Year After Amazon Picked LIC, Suspicions Cloud Future

    Developers say they’re looking for community input on the Queens neighborhood’s path while some local groups are calling for a moratorium on building.
    booking ahead
  46. rough ride

    Dockless Bike Share Expands on Hilly Staten Island — Sans Electric Pedal Assist

    London-based Beryl will bring 1,000 bikes to the borough — but not the energy jolt many riders count on to scale Staten Island’s steep stretches.
    rough ride
  47. conflicts of interest

    Developer Pays $10K to Settle De Blasio Dubious Donation Probe

    The mayor called Douglaston Development about contributing to his now-shuttered nonprofit after the firm notched land and financing from the city.
    conflicts of interest
  48. a little relief

    Parks Department May Shrink Costly Bathrooms to Save Cash

    With the parks’ comfort stations running up to $6 million, the agency is looking toward smaller, prefabricated potties as a cheaper alternative.
    a little relief
  49. water bill

    How Lower East Side Coastal Plan Braces for Climate Change

    The City Council votes Thursday on the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project, which aims to save Lower Manhattan from rising waters.
    water bill
  50. subways

    Cost of MTA Accessibility Study Rising Faster Than Elevators

    The budget for a feasibility study into installing more subway lifts and ramps to help people with disabilities has jumped 70%, MTA documents show.
    subways
  51. a call to action

    City’s Delayed Response on 911 Overhaul Declared an Emergency

    Lawmakers and advocates demand action, saying snagged plans for a temporary texting system and a comprehensive digital upgrade put lives at risk.
    a call to action
  52. tps

    Some New Yorkers Live on Borrowed Time While Awaiting Immigration Program’s Fate

    Trump efforts to end Temporary Protected Status for some countries leave 15,000 city residents looking for a Plan B to stay in the U.S. legally.
    tps
  53. unwelcome mat

    Queens Homeless Shelter Foes Make Last-Ditch Efforts to Stop Project

    A City Council member and local opponents to planned a shelter for homeless men in a former factory site in Glendale call for probe, plan lawsuit.
    unwelcome mat
  54. crossed tracks

    State Pols Hold Rare Transit Hearing at Same Time as Monthly MTA Meetings

    MTA officials may have to hop a turnstile if they want to quickly shuttle between dueling sessions Tuesday amid biggest-ever spending plan.
    crossed tracks
  55. policing

    CCRB Probes Cops’ Detention of Brooklyn Kids on Halloween

    The Civilian Complaint Review Board is investigating incident in which three boys were grilled — allegedly without being allowed to see their parents.
    policing
  56. public housing

    Cold Truth for NYCHA Tenants: No New State-Funded Boilers for Four Years or More

    Federal monitor OKs long-delayed release of $450 million for public housing upgrades — but new equipment remains many winters away from firing up.
    public housing
  57. stand back

    Buildings Commish Backs off Order for Q-Train Neighbors to Inspect Subway Walls

    After THE CITY’s report and an MTA intervention, city bureaucrats say homeowners can ignore citations for failing to inspect a busy transit trench.
    stand back
  58. justice

    Judge Upholds Right to Anonymity for Child Victims Act Accusers

    Jesuits lose court battle to reveal identities of people who’ve filed sexual abuse lawsuits against them in wake of new state law.
    justice
  59. supply chain

    No Coastal Flooding Protections In Store for City’s Largest Food Hub

    Local critics say de Blasio administration plan for Hunts Point Food Distribution Center only focuses on half of the resiliency equation.
    supply chain
  60. next up

    Amoy Barnes Looks to Build on Staten Island’s Growth Surge

    City Council candidate hoping to succeed “trailblazer” Debi Rose promises to bring development dividends to the North Shore.
    next up
  61. policing

    Cops Swarmed, Detained Brooklyn Trick-or-Treaters Past Midnight

    Police released three boys after detaining them at the 76th Precinct while investigating a reported cellphone robbery in Carroll Park.
    policing
  62. wall of confusion

    Brooklyn Homeowners Wall-Eyed at City Demand They Inspect Q-Train Trench

    Flatbush and Ditmas Park residents aghast at Department of Buildings order for reports on century-old walls they say are the MTA’s responsibility.
    wall of confusion
  63. blue line

    Black Deputy Commissioner Passed Over for Top Job Conceded NYPD Racial Struggles

    In an August interview with THE CITY, Benjamin Tucker defended the NYPD — while admitting lack of diversity worsened by legacy of “stop and frisk.”
    blue line
  64. contender

    Former City Veterans’ Commissioner Loree Sutton Eyes 2021 Mayor’s Race

    State election records show the former Army psychiatrist filed a campaign committee for a run to succeed Bill de Blasio in City Hall.
    contender
  65. pier pressure

    To Expand Hudson River Park, Tow Pound May Finally Get Hauled Off the Waterfront

    The NYPD is evaluating how it could relocate the notorious Pier 76 vehicle lot, making way for the park to grow and raise cash.
    pier pressure
  66. wrong direction

    Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes Complaints in Subway See Dramatic Rise

    Attacks and graffiti aimed at Jews have surged more than 160% in the subway this year over last, according to MTA data obtained by THE CITY.
    wrong direction
  67. on the horizon

    Correction Officers Get Lavish Welcome at Juvenile Center They’re Due to Exit

    Records show nearly $17 million spent on facilities for guards mere months before children’s agency takes over Horizon facility in the South Bronx.
    on the horizon
  68. second chances

    Proposed State Parole Overhaul Gains Wider Backing

    The New York State Bar Association is endorsing a push to eliminate jailing for minor technical parole violations.
    second chances
  69. public housing

    ‘Shoddy Work’ by No-Bid Contractors Now a Target for NYCHA’s Federal Monitor

    Weeks after a special report by THE CITY on costly unsupervised construction jobs, the Housing Authority is put on notice to clean up its act.
    public housing
  70. options trading

    Ranked Choice Voting Could Change How NYC Elections Get Fought and Won

    New tiered balloting system is likely to win approval — and lead to unexpected alliances between candidates usually at each others’ throats.
    options trading
  71. jails

    Correction Officers Are Top Donors to Unopposed Bronx DA Darcel Clark’s Campaign

    Union representing jail guards investigated and prosecuted by her office gave $22,000 to fund for an unchallenged reelection.
    jails
  72. paper trail

    Facing City Subpoena, Queens Tenants Group Fights for the Right to Flyer

    Organizers alarmed as Sanitation Dept. strong arms Google to unmask source of Amazon-LIC protest flyers last winter.
    paper trail
  73. queens da race

    Underdog Queens Republican DA Candidate Calls Himself the Anti-Progressive

    Former NYPD officer and criminal defense attorney is hoping to be the first Republican elected to borough’s top prosecutor spot since the 1920s.
    queens da race
  74. schools

    Even More Students’ Special Education Evaluations Delayed

    An increasing number of public school kids were delayed in getting evaluated for special education services last year, violating federal timelines.
    schools
  75. college try

    Big-Time Builders Line Up for Shot at Prime Manhattan CUNY Property

    “It screams for condos” said a rep for one developer eyeing money-making possibilities on prime John Jay College real estate.
    college try
  76. too late

    City Mental Health Services Checked In on Man Killed by Cop — After He Died

    “I said, ‘This phone call is very triggering.’ I hung up,” Kwesi Ashun’s sister told THE CITY. “I mean, how much can a person take?”
    too late
  77. going national

    Tiffany Cabán Teams With Working Families Party in Transition

    Labor-aligned political group, under fire from Gov. Cuomo, looks to expand influence as criminal justice reform catalyst via rising star Cabán.
    going national
  78. letter man

    Staten Islander Behind 16-Foot ‘T’ for Trump Sign Running for City Council

    Sam Pirozzolo — guess his middle initial — wants voters to recognize his own name now. “I will not back away from Donald Trump,” he vows.
    letter man
  79. schools

    A Tale of Two Special Education Evaluation Systems in NYC Schools

    Chalkbeat and THE CITY
    Critics say the city’s inability to fully assess kids’ needs leads parents with means to seek private help while many others have nowhere to turn.
    schools
  80. gone phishing

    NYC Census Scam Fighters Gearing Up for 2020 Battle

    The first-ever digital count brings new risks. Among New York’s weapons to fight misinformation: libraries — and buying up URLs con artists covet.
    gone phishing
  81. storm watch

    Council Deluges City Hall with Criticism Over Sandy Response, Seven Years Later

    The 2012 storm’s anniversary spurred complaints about slow progress as lawmakers vowed a hearing on the flood insurance crisis revealed by THE CITY.
    storm watch
  82. jails

    City Jails Board Issues Proposed New Solitary Rules After Delay

    Isolation of inmates would be limited — but not eliminated — under a long-fought Board of Correction plan that spurred a public battle with City Hall.
    jails
  83. special report

    NYCHA’s Post-Sandy Rebuild Mired in Delays and Dubious Contracts

    Red Hook and Riis houses residents live in construction mazes while most damaged complexes are still awaiting repairs seven years after the storm.
    special report
  84. education

    Number of Homeless NYC Students Remains Stubbornly High

    Chalkbeat
    A tenth of students — about 114,000 kids — in New York City public schools lacked stable housing last school year, according to new data.
    education
  85. jails

    Jail Guards Using Violent Force More Often, Monitor Says, in ‘Toxic Environment’

    Department of Correction cited for violations of court pact to reduce head blows and other pain-inflicting acts by “hyper-confrontational” officers.
    jails
  86. special report

    Flirting With Disaster: Flood Zones Still Uninsured Years After Sandy

    Nearly 85% of NYC houses and apartments FEMA flags as vulnerable don’t have flood insurance — putting 250,000 homes at risk, our investigation found.
    special report
  87. behind bars

    Prison Payout Little Solace After 22 Months in Solitary Confinement

    Bronx man receives $200,000 settlement, years later. But it won’t end the “permanent headache” he says he got during a fracas with guards.
    behind bars
  88. unexpected development

    Troubled Nonprofit Gets Payout in Flip of Bed-Stuy Landmark to Upscale Developer

    City deed restriction removal paved the way for a court-ordered $12 million sale of a historic building supposed to be used for “youth development.”
    unexpected development
  89. airing differences

    Private Trash Carters on Road to Missing Emissions Upgrade Deadline

    Scores of trucks are behind on meeting 12-year-old federal diesel engine standards as the Jan. 1 deadline on a city-mandated upgrade approaches.
    airing differences
  90. bus stopped

    Bus Rides Slowed in Muck of MTA-Transit Union Contract Feud

    Commuters slog through longer waits, thanks to repeated, union-ordered “safety checks,” labor and management sources told THE CITY.
    bus stopped
  91. jails

    Layleen Polanco’s Family Accuses City of Stalling on Lawsuit

    The de Blasio administration seeks a delay pending probe into the transgender woman’s death at Rikers Island. Her family is furious.
    jails
  92. education

    Schools Where Students Opted Out of Exams Hit with New Tests

    Chalkbeat
    Kids in Brooklyn and East Harlem face six additional standardized tests this year. Parents weigh their options as they fume over “a slap in the face.”
    education
  93. jails

    Mayor ‘Interfered’ With Jails Overseer on Solitary Confinement, Member Charges

    Dr. Robert Cohen of the Board of Correction alleges delay of a planned vote to limit punitive segregation is part of bid to weaken reforms.
    jails
  94. bitter end

    How Manhattan’s City Bakery Crumbled, Under Weight of Debts

    While doing brisk business in sweet treats, the Union Square institution was embroiled in high-cost borrowing from an industry under state probe.
    bitter end
  95. emergency plea

    Queens Candidates’ Life or Death Call for More Trauma Care

    The Trace and THE CITY
    Borough president hopefuls speak out after our team report reveals gunshot victims are more likely to die the farther they are from a trauma hospital.
    emergency plea
  96. breakdown

    Mayor’s Mental Health Crisis Response Offers Weak Dose of Care, Advocates Warn

    The father of cop shooting victim Saheed Vassell welcomed a test sending clinicians on 911 calls. Others express “shock” reforms don’t go farther.
    breakdown
  97. schools

    NYC Schools Online Applications a Big Fail, Parents Say

    Chalkbeat
    As students vie for middle and high school slots, parents say the city’s digital portal remains confusing and error-prone: “People are panicking.”
    schools
  98. money in politics

    Ritchie Torres Reaps Real Estate Cash in Bronx Congress Run

    The Council member leads the fundraising race, with the vast majority of his $878,000 in contributions coming from outside the borough, records show.
    money in politics
  99. jails

    Solitary Confinement Reform Pushed Back Again as City Hall Balks

    The Board of Correction planned to propose new limits on isolating inmates in city jails Tuesday, but will delay amid mayoral pressure, sources said.
    jails
  100. breakdown

    No More EDPs: NYPD’s Emergency Plan to Deal with Mentally Ill New Yorkers

    Cops will start teaming with mental health workers on 911 calls and will no longer refer to “EDPs” under reforms aimed at stemming bloodshed.
    breakdown