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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. nycha

    HUD Secretary Carson Claims Fewer ‘Horrible Things’ in NYC Public Housing

    The housing boss argued there’s been “substantial improvement” at NYCHA — even as tab to fix the ailing home to 400k New Yorkers rises to $42 billion.

    nycha

  2. homelessness

    NYC’s Biggest Shelter Plagued by Asbestos and Other Dangers

    Manhattan’s 30th Street Men’s Shelter, which houses up to 850 homeless, is rife with code violations that include fire safety hazards, records show.

    homelessness

  3. public housing

    Contractor Guilty of Wage Theft Was Also NYCHA No-Bid King

    A review by THE CITY reveals that in 2018 alone, SAC Restoration received 29 separate no-bid contracts totaling more than $141,000.

    public housing

  4. housing

    NYCHA’s New Year’s Gift for Jilted Wife: An Eviction Notice

    A Gowanus Houses mother of two battles effort to eject her family from their Brooklyn home over back rent allegedly owed by her ex-husband, an ex-cop.

    housing

  5. mob rule

    How Allegedly Mafia-Linked Firm Helped Build Affordable Bronx Apartments

    A new taxpayer-subsidized building in Mayor de Blasio’s housing push used a contractor prosecutors say is tied to Gambino crime family.

    mob rule

  6. clinic trial

    Local Concerns Over Cops Taking Mentally Ill to New ThriveNYC Clinics

    Two precincts in East Harlem and The Bronx will soon start sending people having psychiatric episodes to “diversion centers” they’ll be free to leave.

    clinic trial

  7. education

    Mayor Knew About Delay of Damning Yeshiva Report, Probe Finds

    City investigators say City Hall engaged in “political horse trading” during yeshiva review, but de Blasio was cleared of any wrongdoing.

    education

  8. public housing

    City Spends $3M for Public Housing Authority Advice It Already Paid $10M For

    A consulting firm’s report calling for an overhaul of NYCHA management echoes a 2012 document produced by another company, THE CITY’s review found.

    public housing

  9. public housing

    How NYCHA Lead and Repairs Scams Started Under Mike Bloomberg’s Mayoral Watch

    The former mayor, now running for president, never publicly questioned nearly 200K logged public housing fixes prosecutors later found never happened.

    public housing

  10. out of line

    Mob Looted Tax-Break Towers Rising Along The High Line: Feds

    The Gambino crime family inflated bills for work on a Chelsea condo complex with a $25m penthouse — and a $1.5m tax credit, prosecutors allege.

    out of line

  11. nypd

    Mayor de Blasio Backs NYCHA’s Hiring of Louima Case Cop

    The mayor said Charles Schwarz, convicted of lying about his role in the 1997 attack, paid his “debt to society.” He makes $100K as a city carpenter.

    nypd

  12. 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

  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. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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.

    mental health

  31. 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.

    new approach

  32. 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!

  33. 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.

    conflicts of interest

  34. 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.

    social blunder

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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.

    special report

  38. 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.

    public housing

  39. 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

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. 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

  45. 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.

    nycha

  46. 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.”

    public housing

  47. 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.

    empty chair

  48. 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.

    running bill

  49. 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.

    running bill

  50. 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

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