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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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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  6. 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.

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.

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    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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    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.

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  21. 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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    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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  23. 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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    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.

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    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.

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  26. 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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    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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    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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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    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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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    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.

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    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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  39. 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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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