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ARTICLES BY: Greg B. Smith

Greg is a reporter at THE CITY. He worked at the New York Daily News from 1993 through 2018. His beats have included federal court, City Hall and public housing. He also is the author of several books, including “Made Men: The True Story of the Rise and Fall of a New Jersey Crime Family.” gsmith@thecity.nyc / 917-685-5580

  1. public housing

    Federal Housing Official Says Fraud Charges Building Over NYCHA No-Bid Contracts

    HUD’s Lynne Patton declared that “fraud charges are forthcoming” in the wake of THE CITY’s reporting on $250 million in spending on “micro purchases.”

    public housing

  2. special report

    NYCHA’s $250 Million No-Bid — and Sometimes No-Work — Repair Jobs

    One contractor has pocketed nearly $2 million — including for labor investigators say apparently was performed by Housing Authority employees.

    special report

  3. toxic shock

    Health Inspectors Ignored Kids With Harmful Lead Levels, Comptroller Finds

    Some 12,000 children who had elevated blood-lead levels didn’t get the follow-up testing urged under federal guidelines, according to a new report.

    toxic shock

  4. mental health

    Public Advocate Leapfrogs Mayor With Mental Illness Emergency Response Proposal

    Citing THE CITY’s reporting, Jumaane Williams calls for a new three-digit hotline beyond 911, more services — and first responders who aren’t cops.

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  5. new approach

    Revamped NYPD Response to Mentally Ill On Its Way After Long Delay

    After cops fatally shot Saheed Vassell last year, Mayor de Blasio quickly promised to change how officers deal with emotionally disturbed persons.

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  6. welcome back bill!

    The 51 Days of de Blasio’s Campaign Dream

    The mayor spent more than seven weeks out of town — and at least $200,000 in taxpayer dollars — during his run. Here’s a look at his travels.

    welcome back bill!

  7. conflicts of interest

    State Fines Developers for Their ‘Gifts’ to Mayor de Blasio

    On the day the mayor who would be president floated a national campaign finance reform plan, his fundraising tactics trailed him at home once again.

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  8. social blunder

    HUD’s Lynne Patton Violated Hatch Act with Trump, Kanye West Twitter ‘Likes’

    New York’s top federal housing official, a frequent NYCHA critic, used her office to promote political efforts, investigators found.

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  9. accountability

    Mold Grows on Efforts to Clean Up Public Housing Apartments

    The Housing Authority has left tens of thousands of clean-up requests open for months — and even the ones that have been closed may need second look.

    accountability

  10. accountability

    City Probers Flagged Anti-Violence Group Cited After Brownsville Shooting

    Investigators slammed Man Up!’s Andre Mitchell for financial and hiring practices while getting taxpayer funds, records obtained by THE CITY show.

    accountability

  11. special report

    Who’s Policing You? Top NYPD Ranks Fall Short of Reflecting Communities

    Only one in five officers above captain are black, Latino or Asian, groups that form the majority of New York’s population — and its police force.

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  12. public housing

    City Housing Authority Admits It Can’t Get the Lead Out

    The troubled agency concedes it’s currently unable to deliver on a promise to properly inspect apartments for lead paint and clean them up.

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  13. special report

    Anti-New York White Supremacist Hate is Rising, NYPD Says

    Racist online rhetoric directed at the city by white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups is growing — along with hate crimes, according to police.

    special report

  14. comeback bid

    Melissa Mark-Viverito Congress Run Shadowed by Discrimination Lawsuit

    As she launches bid for seat in Bronx, an ongoing civil rights lawsuit accuses Melissa Mark-Viverito of abusing her power as City Council speaker.

    comeback bid

  15. running bill

    Hotel Owners Seeking City Hall Help Threw a $90K de Blasio Fundraiser

    The Chelsea Hotel team, which needs approval for renovations, collected checks for the mayor from Barry Diller, Diane von Furstenberg and others.

    running bill

  16. public housing

    Gnawing Problem: NYCHA Far From Meeting Rat Fix Deadline

    The Housing Authority had promised the feds that it would quantify its vermin problem by the end of July and clean up 70,000 apartments in a month.

    public housing

  17. running bill

    Chelsea Hotel Steers Donations to de Blasio While Seeking Construction OK

    The historic hotel’s owners helped raise $57,400 for the mayor’s presidential campaign and PACs while trying for approval of overhaul tenants oppose.

    running bill

  18. public housing

    Comptroller Scott Stringer Vows to Examine NYCHA Monitor’s $20m Budget Bid

    The comptroller promised to look at Bart Schwartz’ contract. Meanwhile, Stringer revealed NYCHA paid millions for roof repairs covered by warranties.

    public housing

  19. nycha

    Public Housing’s Federal Monitor Presented a $20 Million Bill

    Bart Schwartz wants big taxpayer bucks for him and his team as NYCHA grapples with lead and other woes. We look at some fixes $20 million could cover.

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  20. public housing

    NYCHA Lead ‘Emergency’ as Clean-up Falters and Child Poisonings Rise

    A damning federal monitor report describes failures to protect public housing residents from everything from lead to mold to rats “the size of cats.”

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  21. empty chair

    New Housing Honcho a No-Show at Annual NYCHA Town Hall

    Tenants didn’t get a change to welcome — or confront — the beleaguered agency’s incoming $400K-a-year boss Gregory Russ.

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  22. running bill

    Mayor Pete Pays for Own Security as Mayor Bill Bills NYC

    While de Blasio make taxpayers foot the expense bills of the cops who follow him on campaign jaunts, Indiana’s Buttigieg picks up his own tab.

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  23. running bill

    New Campaign Travel Costs for de Blasio NYPD Guards Revealed

    Taxpayers’ tab for the mayor’s security detail for presidential campaign travel started two months before his official announcement, records show.

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  24. running bill

    Absentee Mayor’s Blackout Blitz Adds to Taxpayer Tab

    When part of Manhattan was plunged into darkness, de Blasio’s publicly-funded NYPD security team had to book pricey last-minute rooms and flights.

    running bill

  25. running bill

    De Blasio Cross-Country Presidential Run Takes NYC Taxpayers for a $100K Ride

    The mayor and his wife’s NYPD security details have cost New Yorkers at least $100,000 in campaign travel so far, an analysis by THE CITY found.

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  26. special report

    Punch Cards for Homeless Dangle Hope of Housing, Deliver Waits

    People living on the street say they have to stay put for weeks on end so they can accumulate sign-offs on their ticket to a possible home.

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  27. public housing

    New NYCHA Chair’s Vow: No One Will Lose Their Apartment

    Gregory Russ says there’s nothing to fear from private overhaul of public housing. But tenant concerns permeated his previous gig in Minneapolis.

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  28. public housing

    Two Elderly Women Slain, But Still No Security Cameras

    City Hall’s focus on safety improvements for just 15 public housing complexes picked five years ago leaves some residents living in fear.

    public housing

  29. public housing

    Lawmaker Charges Mayor Snubbed $3 Billion Boost for Public Housing

    Assemblymember Robert Rodriguez says de Blasio killed his bill, which would have ended luxury apartment tax abatements and steered the money to NYCHA.

    public housing

  30. public housing

    NYCHA’s New $400,000 Boss Faces Backlash Over Pay and Hours

    Gregory Russ won’t start until Aug. 12 and will regularly visit Minnesota — drawing criticism from public housing residents and public officials.

    public housing

  31. public housing

    New NYCHA Boss to Reap Record $400K Payday to Oversee Public Housing

    Gregory Russ, who ran public housing in Minneapolis and Cambridge, Mass., won’t tackle the nation’s largest public housing system until August.

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  32. nycha

    Meet NYCHA’s New Boss: A Fan of Private Management of Public Housing

    Gregory Russ, who ran housing in Minnesota and Cambridge, has been tapped to head the nation’s biggest public housing system, THE CITY has learned.

    nycha

  33. party time

    Local HUD Head Lynne Patton Still Under Scrutiny for Politics on the Job

    Office that recommended removal of Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway also fielding Hatch Act complaints about social media maven housing administrator.

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  34. nycha

    City Probers Looking at NYCHA’s New Lead Clean-up Mess

    Crews used expired dust wipes when determining whether apartments are lead-free — spurring examinations by the Department of Investigation and NYCHA.

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  35. public housing

    NYCHA Bungles Lead Paint Clean-up as It Blows Deadline

    THE CITY finds the agency employed useless expired dust wipes to check apartments as officials admit they “failed” to follow protocols in massive job.

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  36. nycha

    NYCHA Monitor Accuses Agency of Failing to Get the Lead Out

    Federal monitor Bart Schwartz says housing chair Kathryn Garcia gave the City Council a “misleading impression” on flagging clean-up effort.

    nycha

  37. special report

    Woes at Wards Island Homeless Shelters Overseen By Gov. Cuomo’s Sister

    Sewage, mold, heat outages and code violations have plagued island shelters run by the nonprofit Andrew Cuomo started. Meanwhile, HELP expands.

    special report

  38. conflicts of interest

    Mayor de Blasio’s Nonprofit Got Developer’s Check After $12m Deal — and a Call

    Newly uncensored portions of a Department of Investigation report reveal that de Blasio phoned a developer who got land and financing from City Hall.

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  39. out of sight

    REDACTED: The Racial Data the de Blasio Administration Doesn’t Want You to See

    City Hall hopes to keep certain studies that use city data secret. The subject: Whether the affordable housing lottery fosters segregation.

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  40. special report

    Mayor de Blasio 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.

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  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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.

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  44. 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.

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  45. 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

  46. 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

  47. 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

  48. 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.

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  49. 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

  50. 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.

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