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ARTICLES BY: Reuven Blau

Reuven is a reporter for THE CITY. He previously worked at the Daily News, NY Post and The Chief-Leader.

  1. constructive criticism

    Epic $62M Landmarks Commission HQ Project Building History of Cost Overruns

    The tab to fix office space and construct a hearing room for the Landmarks Preservation Commission has grown by $33 million amid a four-year delay.

    constructive criticism

  2. emergency contract

    City Hall Makes $147.5 Million Call on Overhauling 911

    The firm enlisted by the de Blasio administration is already behind and over budget on creating a temporary text option for emergency callers.

    emergency contract

  3. justice

    Bail Reform Rollback Battle Rips Rift in Albany

    Senate rethink of mandatory pretrial release for criminal defendants opens divide among Democrats as Assembly activists slam “Jim Crow-style” flip.

    justice

  4. retail politics

    De Blasio Takes Mom-and-Pop Commercial Rent Control Longshot

    The mayor announced a panel to study the issue in his “saving New York” speech. But even he has doubts the longtime nonstarter can pass legal muster.

    retail politics

  5. below market

    De Blasio’s Tiny Houses Plan for Apartments in Basements, Garages and Backyards

    City Hall’s plan would offer $150 million in low-interest loans to boost affordable housing and ease homeowner burdens by legalizing the dwellings.

    below market

  6. jails

    Fines Against City Jail Inmates Add Up to Over $1 Million

    Detainees get hit with a $25 fee per altercation — often leaving family members to pay the tab, which has surpassed seven figures since 2015.

    jails

  7. education

    Some Yeshivas Defying City Push to Boost Secular Studies

    Jewish schools in Brooklyn missed a Department of Education deadline to provide detailed plans to improve non-religious instruction.

    education

  8. prosecution rests?

    Manhattan DA Vance Stumbles in Campaign Cash Race as He Mulls Re-Run

    Cy Vance’s opponents called for his resignation over sex crime case. He defended his office, but won’t say if he’ll seek reelection.

    prosecution rests?

  9. ankle support

    City Scrambling to Get Electronic Monitors for New Bail Rules

    Even with new rules in effect, the city is looking at ankle bracelets and apps. Meanwhile, some defendants are being set free, sans monitoring.

    ankle support

  10. ill timed

    Bloomberg’s Firm Violated Sick Leave Law He Vetoed as Mayor, but Now Supports

    The billionaire presidential hopeful’s media company was cited for a policy requiring workers to provide a doctor’s note after one or two sick days.

    ill timed

  11. jails

    Correction Board Seeks Probe Into ‘Misuse’ of Rikers Body Scanners

    The city jails oversight body recommends “an immediate investigation” — citing “risk of radiation exposure” due to a lack of staff training.

    jails

  12. battling hate

    Amid Hate Spike, A Crown Heights Leader Pleads: ‘We Have to Do Better’

    Richard Green helped bring residents together after the 1991 riots. As anti-Semitic incidents rise, he’s calling for resources — and understanding.

    battling hate

  13. ill bill

    City Sticks Home Health Care Agencies for Violating Paid Sick Leave Law

    More than 4,100 home health aides to get nearly $450,000 in restitution, says Department of Consumer and Worker Protection.

    ill bill

  14. courts

    Key Bail Reform Support Program Is Still Months Away

    “Atlas” promises services to help freed defendants avoid trouble. But with new rules already in effect, no one has been selected to run the program.

    courts

  15. teachable moments

    Amid Spree of Hate Crimes, City Looks to Past Offenders for Mentorship

    The de Blasio administration is considering recruiting those who committed anti-Semitic crimes as teens to teach young people to do the right thing.

    teachable moments

  16. criminal justice

    Bail Reformers Worry Prosecutors Will Amp Up Charges to Jail Defendants

    On brink of Jan. 1 law that will bar pretrial incarceration for lesser crimes, advocates say they’re wary of an unintended consequence: tougher raps.

    criminal justice

  17. clemency

    Ailing Inmate Pins Clemency Hopes on Cuomo

    At 64, Ulysses Boyd has severe arthritis and an enlarged heart, and recently battled pneumonia. He’s not eligible for parole for another 16 years.

    clemency

  18. on the record

    Newly Revealed Bloomberg Emails Give Glimpse Into NYC Mayor Stint

    His City Hall archive is far from complete. But the limited emails we obtained offer a private look into the billionaire who would be president.

    on the record

  19. on the record

    A Search for Emails From Mike Blooomberg’s Mayoral Years

    Only limited emails sent via a server from Bloomberg’s media company made it to the city archives after being screened by his lawyers, officials said.

    on the record

  20. 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

  21. going into detail

    De Blasio’s Presidential Campaign Security Tab Probed

    City investigators examine how Mayor Bill de Blasio used taxpayer dollars on the security detail for his presidential campaign.

    going into detail

  22. health

    IDNYC Drug Discounts Cancelled for Addictive Opioid Medications

    BigAppleRX program can no longer be used for many pain pills — part of a trend toward restrictions that some doctors and advocates worry goes too far.

    health

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. jails

    De Blasio Ousts Key Solitary Confinement Foe as Reform Nears

    Bryanne Hamill loses her Board of Correction seat amid wrangling over putting limits on isolating inmates in city jails, sources said.

    jails

  37. text block

    City’s Delayed Response Time Threatens to Snag 911 Overhaul

    Two-plus years in, officials haven’t picked a firm to digitize the emergency system — meaning a delay to at least mid-2024, THE CITY has learned.

    text block

  38. justice

    Deadlocked Parole Panels Leave Prisoners in Limbo

    Staffing shortages of commissioners lead to split decisions on hundreds of cases for early release, forcing costly and emotionally draining do-overs.

    justice

  39. dun wrong

    Debt Collectors Put Translations on Hold, Foiling Immigrants

    City’s “Lost in Translation” report finds many firms break promises to conduct calls and send materials in languages other than English.

    dun wrong

  40. vote fraught

    City Board of Elections Lags in Submitting Early-Voting Security Plan

    Elections officials say the NYPD will monitor the 61 early voting sites 24/7, but a formal security plan remains to be seen.

    vote fraught

  41. jails

    Jailers Should Call Detainees by Name, Council Bill Demands

    Measure aims to bring reforms to the proposed post-Rikers Island borough lockups — but correction officers and some inmate advocates aren’t happy.

    jails

  42. vote fraught

    Board of Elections Hustles to Fix Late Start on Early Voting Rollout

    Early voting in New York debuts Oct. 26. But the city Board of Elections apparently blew a state deadline to let voters know where to cast ballots.

    vote fraught

  43. text block

    Text-to-911 Caught in Life-or-Death Battle Between NYPD and Tech Agency

    Delays in new emergency technology stem from bitter standoffs over system testing failures and how much human help computers need to catch all calls.

    text block

  44. welcome back bill!

    Mayor de Blasio’s Post-Presidential Campaign To-Do List

    From fixing the public housing mess to diversifying schools to property tax reform, the mayor is returning to a pile of pressing business.

    welcome back bill!

  45. text block

    Long-Promised Power to Text 911 Still Hasn’t Arrived on the Scene

    Missing a forecast early-2018 debut, the city lacks a life-saving emergency communications service in place in much of the state.

    text block

  46. rikers island

    City Jails Board Slow to Act on Solitary Reform, Critics Say

    A Board of Correction hearing on Tuesday drew calls to change New York City’s policies on solitary confinement but yielded no action.

    rikers island

  47. violence behind bars

    Rikers Guards’ Bad Decisions Led to Man’s Death, Suit Alleges

    Casey Holloway was strangled by a fellow inmate who should have been placed in a more secure unit for people with severe mental illness, family says.

    violence behind bars

  48. jails

    Layleen Polanco’s Death Inspires Bail Fund for Transgender Inmates

    The Emergency Release Fund has raised $10,000 and helped free six people so far. Polanco died in solitary on Rikers Island for want of $500 bail.

    jails

  49. street safety

    Out of Line: Missing Street Markings Defy Vision Zero Safety Crusade

    Nearly 2,000 road and bike lane-marking projects are classified as incomplete by the city Department of Transportation, some dating back to 2014.

    street safety

  50. criminal justice

    Brooklyn Jail on Fast Track to Shutdown

    Detention Complex looking to clear out within months, moving male inmates into Rikers’ female wing, say union sources.

    criminal justice

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