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special report May 17, 2019

Mayor Owes Unpaid Legal Bill to Firm Lobbying His Office

May 17, 2019
The presidential hopeful has yet to pay more than $300K to the firm, whose clients include Disney, an examination by THE CITY found.
Mayor Owes Unpaid Legal Bill to Firm Lobbying His Office The presidential hopeful has yet to pay more than $300K to the firm, whose clients include Disney, an examination by THE CITY found.
  1. schools

    Brooklyn Elementary School with Only 82 Students Saved

    Chalkbeat
    The city Department of Education backed off its bid to close Bedford-Stuyvesant’s P.S. 25 amid a lawsuit and improving test scores.
    schools
  2. labor

    Labor Unites to Slam MTA as Tempers Flare Amid Strike Threat

    The Central Labor Council accused transit officials of declaring “a war on working people” by sending police to monitor potential overtime abuses.
    labor
  3. criminal justice

    A Fine Change: Civil Penalties May Soon Be Based on Income

    City Council Speaker Corey Johnson plans to introduce a “day fines” pilot program aimed at protecting low-income offenders from financial ruin.
    criminal justice
  4. running bill

    Progressive Promises: Bill de Blasio’s New York City Record

    The mayor of America’s biggest city touts accomplishments from Pre-K to policing as he readies for the campaign trail. Here’s how he’s delivered.
    running bill
  5. running bill

    Bill de Blasio’s Unfinished Business

    As he wages an expected presidential run, the mayor leaves some projects that are behind schedule or have deadlines looming. Here are seven to watch.
    running bill
  6. running bill

    The de Blasio Files: Our Eye on the Mayor

    Check out some of the stories THE CITY has produced about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s fundraising and other issues that have drawn scrutiny.
    running bill
  7. schools

    High-Stakes Test Boycotts: A School-by-School Breakdown

    Chalkbeat
    Some 4.4 percent of city students refused to take at least one of the state tests in the 2017-18 school year. Find your school’s opt-out rate.
    schools
  8. rent reform

    Landlords’ New Gambit: Teaming with Tenant Advocates on Rent Subsidies Push

    The real estate lobby backs new housing aid for the poor — seeking a bargaining chip as a firmly Democratic legislature tackles rent-law reforms.
    rent reform
  9. trump admin

    HUD Rule Change Could Rip Apart Families in NYC Public Housing

    Secretary Ben Carson’s push to purge undocumented immigrants from federally subsidized public housing could hit home hard for New Yorkers.
    trump admin
  10. borrowed time

    Libraries Face Nearly $900 Million Shortfall to Fix Aging Buildings

    Problems at the city’s 220 branches range from leaky roofs to broken heaters. Library officials struggle on priorities as patrons feel the brunt.
    borrowed time
  11. aoc effect

    Insurgent Candidate Battles Queens Democratic Party in Primary for Judgeship

    AOC inspires another challenge to the party machine: A lawyer who just moved from the Bronx to Queens to seek a seat on Civil Court bench.
    aoc effect
  12. anchors away

    City Tries to Sink La Marina Reopening Plan

    The owners of the embattled Inwood hotspot hope to return by Memorial Day. But in bankruptcy court, city lawyers say they want them gone for good.
    anchors away
  13. nycha

    Meet NYCHA’s Overtime King: A $315,000 Plumber

    Vincenzo Giurbino logged 16-hour workdays in 2018 as the housing agency racked up nearly $100 million in OT. It’s on pace for a bigger tab this year.
    nycha
  14. civilian complaint review board

    Little Change and Little Hope on the Staten Island Street Where Eric Garner Died

    Daniel Pantaleo, who escaped criminal charges in the case, faces an administrative trial Monday. But Garner’s pals doubt the cop will be punished.
    civilian complaint review board
  15. matter of principal

    How Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer Nearly Lost Her Home

    The pol quietly fought a two-year foreclosure battle with her mortgage company over real estate tax payments. Now she’s sharing her cautionary tale.
    matter of principal
  16. rent

    No $3,000-a-Month ‘Affordable’ Rentals for Staten Island, Lawmaker Vows

    Councilmember Debi Rose pledges to veto high-rent housing Borough President Jimmy Oddo is pushing as part of the mayor’s planned Bay Street overhaul.
    rent
  17. labor

    Clock Ticking on MTA Overtime Glut as Union Sours on Governor

    Board schedules emergency meeting Friday to rein in labor costs. Union officials, meanwhile, say don’t blame the workers fixing the ailing system.
    labor
  18. disparity

    The Bronx Is Waiting: Police Dispatch Times Highest in the City

    IBO analysis of precinct dispatch times hit about 8 minutes in Highbridge and Wakefield — more than twice the citywide average, which is on the rise.
    disparity
  19. sold out

    Target Takes Aim at Queens and the Borough Fires Back

    The retailer’s plans for Elmhurst and Astoria stores are met by protests and litigation amid concerns about non-union labor and neighborhood upheaval.
    sold out
  20. conflicts of interest

    De Blasio-Style Fundraising Tactics Now Subject to Fines

    City officials now can be penalized for raising money for city-tied nonprofits from people with pending city business, under new conflict rules.
    conflicts of interest
  21. kawaski trawick

    Video Footage of Fatal Police Shooting Raises New Questions

    Why didn’t cops just close the door instead of shooting Kawaski Trawick in his Bronx apartment, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams asks.
    kawaski trawick
  22. employment

    Discrimination and Diversity Watchdog to Get New Chair After 4-Year Vacancy

    Word that Dianne Morales is expected to lead the Equal Employment Practices Commission comes amid a mayor moves ahead of a possible presidential run.
    employment
  23. worker safety

    One-Third of Construction Deaths Logged by Feds Go Uncounted by City

    The Buildings Dept. is charged with monitoring the city’s most lethal industry. But OSHA stats show stark differences in assessing deaths on the job.
    worker safety
  24. disorganized

    Councilmember and Community Clash Over South Bronx Future

    Activists claim local leaders pressured housing group Banana Kelly to punish protestors of plans to overhaul the Southern Boulevard area.
    disorganized
  25. going your way?

    MTA Spinning Wheels on Bus Schedule Calculations, Audit Finds

    The agency’s data is “full of holes,” says State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. The MTA’s fighting back, even as some riders report uneven service.
    going your way?
  26. rocky road

    Public Defender’s Bumpy Insurgent Campaign to Become Queens’ Next DA

    After internal chaos, veteran advisors step in to reshape Tiffany Cabán’s bid to pull the seven-candidate Democratic primary race to the left.
    rocky road
  27. shelter

    Homeless Families Win Beds on Upper West Side as Judge Tosses Shelter Suit

    Opponents of a plan to fully convert a prewar West 94th Street hotel into 110 apartments for the homeless saw their lawsuit dismissed on Monday.
    shelter
  28. jails

    City Hall’s New Post-Rikers Island Jails Will Be Smaller

    The de Blasio administration aims to shrink its four planned new lockups, thanks to a bigger, faster reduction of the inmate population than expected.
    jails
  29. high hopes

    Albany Pols Firing Up Bill to Overhaul Medical Marijuana Program

    With hopes for recreational pot in New York in the weeds, the state legislature reignites a push for loosening medical marijuana regulations.
    high hopes
  30. special report

    Thousands of Tenants Evicted, Even in Areas with Free Lawyers

    Advocates’ analysis reveals the landlords racking up the most evictions in the 20 zip codes where city-paid attorneys represent low-income residents.
    special report
  31. commercial rent

    Landlords’ Ad Blitz Targets Tough Crowd: Tenants Rallying for Rent Law Reform

    As the newly Democratic-controlled state Legislature mobilizes to overhaul rent laws, the real estate industry is responding by spending big.
    commercial rent
  32. deal of the art

    Philanthropist Offers City Free Building to Save Doomed Hudson Yards Arts Center

    The owner of Affirmation Arts hopes to dodge the wrecking ball and keep his cultural complex alive by giving it away as a present to New Yorkers.
    deal of the art
  33. death on the job

    Construction Deaths Go Unreported as Building Owners Ignore Law

    Owners and contractors must inform the Buildings Department about worker fatalities. But only one death was recorded last year — out of at least 12.
    death on the job
  34. conflicts of interest

    City Ethics Watchdog Urged to Consider Penalties in Mayor’s Fundraising Flap

    Good government groups also asked the Conflicts of Interest Board to declare whether Mayor de Blasio violated rules in wake of THE CITY’s reporting.
    conflicts of interest
  35. silver linings

    Free Subway Transfers Prove One ‘L’ of an Idea in Brooklyn

    Brownsville riders hope the temporary link between Livonia Ave. and Junius St., stemming from the giant L line repair project, will become permanent.
    silver linings
  36. city council

    The City Council’s Sexual Harassment Fight – Against the City

    Even as lawmakers tackle allegations against two members, the Council avoids a city audit and exempts itself from the city’s reporting system.
    city council
  37. home front

    Brooklyn Foreclosures Must Stick, City Lawyers Argue

    City housing agency says Third Party Transfer property transfers were done by the book. But some advocates and pols say the program is flawed.
    home front
  38. ferries

    Developer Floats Ferry Link Between Upper East Side and Astoria

    The Durst Organization’s proposal would extend the Astoria NYC Ferry route to the 90th Street dock in Yorkville – at public expense.
    ferries
  39. nycha

    Public Housing Monitor Hires High-Profile Team, But Keeps Price Private

    NYCHA overseer Bart Schwartz and the city are set to hire a consultant. The cost – along with his and his growing team’s salaries – remains secret.
    nycha
  40. confidential

    Challenge to NYPD Use of Sealed Arrest Records Can Proceed, Judge Rules

    The NYPD has been using sealed arrest records in its investigations – flouting state law, a class-action lawsuit alleges.
    confidential
  41. borrowed time

    Library in Queens Tower Amazon Coveted Won’t Get Shelved Yet — Lease Extended

    The Citigroup Building’s owners won’t kick out the library this summer, giving the Long Island City branch until March to find permanent new digs.
    borrowed time
  42. prime location

    Amazon Starts to Deliver on its Other Queens Home

    Plans for a distribution center in Woodside move forward two months after the end of HQ2 – spurring vows of a renewed fight against the retail giant.
    prime location
  43. families

    National Anti-Poverty Study Will Pay New NYC Moms $4,000 a Year

    Some 125 mothers living on tight budgets will get $333 per month to spend without restrictions to gauge boosted income’s impact on child development.
    families
  44. path or fail

    Pol Prods DOT for Separate Walk/Bike Lanes on Queensboro Bridge

    Queens Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer wants the Department of Transportation to create another path amid repairs on the 59th Street Bridge.
    path or fail
  45. shelter

    Judge Tosses Challenge to ‘Billionaires’ Row’ Homeless Shelter

    The W. 58th Street men’s facility has been stalled since neighbors sued in July. City Hall plans to build 90 new homeless shelters across the city.
    shelter
  46. vanishing act

    Lost in Translation: English Language School Honchos Disappear Amid Debts

    The closed school’s leaders ghosted students, teachers and even their credit card processing company – whom they owe $100,000, a lawsuit charges.
    vanishing act
  47. pedalling change

    Food Delivery Workers Try to Shift E-Bike Fines to Bosses

    Lawsuit charges police are violating rules by hitting restaurant employees with $500 tickets instead of citing owners for the illegal two-wheelers.
    pedalling change
  48. driving up costs

    Schools Bus Drivers Threaten Strike — and Management is on Their Side

    They hope a strike vote and lobbying will nudge Albany to approve a benefits boost on taxpayers’ dime. At stake: rides for 12,000 special-needs kids.
    driving up costs
  49. drug war

    No Problem Here: Pols Shun Drug Center in Bronx Opioid OD Hotspot

    Officials try to block planned upscale facility in Kingsbridge, despite local overdose fatality rate. Meanwhile, the operators won’t accept Medicaid.
    drug war
  50. education

    FALLING BEHIND: City’s Largest Head Start Provider Freezes New Enrollments

    Chalkbeat
    The issue affects programs funded through the Administration for Children’s Services, the city’s largest Head Start grantee, serving 11,000 kids.
    education
  51. police shooting

    Pols Demand Answers After Details of Kawaski Trawick Killing Revealed

    Public Advocate Jumaane Williams called for “full transparency” from the NYPD as other officials said they were examining the shooting.
    police shooting
  52. special report

    PAC-Man de Blasio Gobbles Up Donations from People with City Business

    Mayor de Blasio’s Fairness PAC says it vets donors to eliminate anyone doing business with City Hall. But THE CITY found multiple potential conflicts.
    special report
  53. tipping point

    Fare’s Fair: $500K in Back Pay Demanded for App-Hail Drivers

    The TLC found that some 50,000 app-based chauffeurs have been getting stiffed since new minimum-rate law went into effect in February.
    tipping point
  54. your money

    New Spending Boosts Budget That Mayor Touts as Thrifty

    Mayor Bill de Blasio proposes $916 million in spending cuts over two years, while adding $1.47 billion in new spending since his February plan
    your money
  55. police shooting

    How a Bronx Man was Killed by Police After Dueling 911 Calls

    Kawaski Trawick called for help after getting locked out of his apartment. Others called the NYPD on him. His grief-stricken father wants answers.
    police shooting
  56. span plan

    Cyclists and Pedestrians Seek Their Own Paths on the Queensboro Bridge

    With bike use rising, vehicular traffic falling and congestion pricing coming, transportation advocates want to overhaul the 59th Street span.
    span plan
  57. nycha

    More Market-Rate Apartments Eyed for Lower East Side Public Housing Site

    The city envisions a 35- to 45-story high-rise on the grounds of the La Guardia Houses – the latest bid to raise money for NYCHA fixes.
    nycha
  58. education

    City Payments for Charter School Rent Set to Hit $80 Million

    Chalkbeat
    That’s up from $52 million — a 54 percent increase. The public funds will cover the leases of 90 charter schools that operate in private spaces.
    education
  59. calls for change

    What’s the 311? Stranded in New York’s Service Hotline Deserts

    Pockets of the city aren’t fully integrated into the 311 system – even after 16 years. Hardest hit: NYCHA, Battery Park City and Roosevelt Island.
    calls for change
  60. reading room

    With Amazon Gone, Queens Building’s Owners May Boot Local Library Branch

    After 30 years in Long Island City’s Citigroup Building, beloved Court Square library branch is reading into an uncertain future.
    reading room
  61. census 2020

    Making it Count: Immigration Advocates Seek Census Outreach Funding Boost

    A pending U.S. Supreme Court decision and budget woes could stymie local efforts to get an accurate tally in next year’s count, some fear.
    census 2020
  62. charter schools

    Success Academy ‘Dumped’ Elementary School Student at Precinct, Suit Charges

    Chalkbeat
    A Brooklyn branch of the charter school also repeatedly suspended the special-needs youth and called child services to push him out, lawsuit claims.
    charter schools
  63. new order

    VOTING CHANGE: City Elections Could Become a Ranking Game of Thrones

    A staff report from the City Charter Commission calls for studying “Ranked Choice Voting” – potentially bringing a wildly new electoral system to NYC.
    new order
  64. employment

    NYC’s Human Rights Commission Takes Years on Sexual Harassment Claims

    There are 14 open harassment cases against municipal workers. Eight were filed more than two years ago — including one that’s over four years old.
    employment
  65. walk it off

    Wrong Gear: Hudson Yards Escalators Go Down for Auto Show

    Six Hudson Yards subway station escalators — including two of the longest in the system — were down on Monday, just as MetroCard prices went up.
    walk it off
  66. escalating costs

    Going Up: Long Fight Over Subway Elevators Doubles Price Tag

    The tab for the access project at the 68th St.-Hunter College station has risen to more than $116 million over a decade of delay-inducing opposition.
    escalating costs
  67. flat rate

    ‘Affordable’ Apartments – at $3,000 a Month – Loom for Staten Island

    A key vote is set for Monday on a project that could count high-end housing toward the mayor’s goal of 300,000 affordable flats.
    flat rate
  68. schools

    ‘It’s Basically Jail’: Inside NYC’s School Suspension Centers

    Chalkbeat
    Overall suspension rates have dropped under Mayor de Blasio. Yet lengthier out-of-school suspensions, disproportionately impact students of color.
    schools
  69. building opposition

    New Snag in City’s Plan for Private Towers in Public Housing Complexes

    Manhattan BP Gale Brewer is suing to stall Yorkville project over skipped review. It marks more woes for the mayor’s “NextGeneration NYCHA” program.
    building opposition
  70. immigration

    ICE Courts a Fight Over State Bid to Limit Arrests

    Court officers say they’ll be handcuffed if federal agents defy a new policy requiring warrants to seize immigrants: “We will not interfere.”
    immigration
  71. conflicts of interest

    Mayor de Blasio’s Defunct Fundraising Group Faces Ongoing State Ethics Probe

    A day after THE CITY revealed a report finding the mayor violated conflict rules amid warnings, state officials said their investigation isn’t over.
    conflicts of interest
  72. behind bars

    ‘Unremitting’ Violence Against Inmates in City Jails Hits Three-Year High

    The use of force rate is 79% higher than in 2015, the federal monitor found. Oversight report also cites key “incremental” reforms underway.
    behind bars
  73. cone of silence

    Brooklyn Pedestrians Say Broken Traffic Signal Has Been Ignored for Months

    Since February, a cone has stood where a pedestrian signal once did. The intersection is just blocks from where Mayor de Blasio launched Vision Zero.
    cone of silence
  74. 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
  75. special report

    Despite Warnings, Mayor Violated Ethics Rules in Seeking Donations, Probe Finds

    De Blasio solicited donations from individuals seeking tax breaks, deed transfers and other favors from his administration, according to a DOI report.
    special report
  76. 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
  77. 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
  78. 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
  79. 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
  80. 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
  81. 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
  82. 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
  83. 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
  84. 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
  85. 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
  86. 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
  87. 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
  88. 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
  89. 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
  90. 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
  91. 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
  92. 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
  93. 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
  94. 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
  95. 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
  96. 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
  97. 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
  98. 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
  99. 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
  100. 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
  101. 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
  102. 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
  103. 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
  104. 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
  105. 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
  106. 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
  107. 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
  108. 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
  109. 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
  110. 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
  111. 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
  112. 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
  113. 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
  114. 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
  115. 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
  116. 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
  117. 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
  118. 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
  119. 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
  120. 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
  121. 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
  122. 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
  123. 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
  124. 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
  125. 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
  126. 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
  127. 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
  128. 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
  129. 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
  130. 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
  131. 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
  132. 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
  133. 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
  134. 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
  135. nycha

    Shafted: NYCHA Elevator Chief Suspended

    Posters went up barring Ivo Nikolic from NYCHA properties in an ongoing probe into elevator maintenance in the city’s sprawling public housing system.
    nycha
  136. justice

    20 Years After Police Killing of Amadou Diallo, What’s Changed?

    The Feb. 4, 1999, Bronx shooting of the unarmed African immigrant sparked demands for reform. But has there been progress over the past two decades?
    justice
  137. justice

    At Bronx Housing Court, Justice is in the Halls

    The squeeze play is on in The Bronx, where housing court cases at the overflowing building are adjudicated in the elevator banks.
    justice