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ARTICLES BY: Yoav Gonen

Yoav is the City Hall reporter for THE CITY. Previously, he covered City Hall and education for the New York Post, after stints at the Staten Island Advance, NY Daily News and the Brooklyn Papers. Learned the ropes from Professor Blood.

  1. running bill

    MAYORAL MATH: De Blasio Claims Campaign Video Isn’t a Campaign Expense

    The video was paid for by a state PAC the mayor used for fundraising and spending before his presidential run — an approach that’s raised questions.

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  2. running bill

    Bill de Blasio Tapped His State PAC for White House Hopes

    The mayor’s team set up the committee to help Democrats win election in New York. But it helped in the run-up to his campaign, records show.

    running bill

  3. waiting game

    After Four Years and One False Start, Discrimination Watchdog Gets New Boss

    The Equal Employment Practices Commission, which audits city agencies’ employment and sexual harassment practices, had been leaderless since 2015

    waiting game

  4. net gain

    City Hall’s ‘Civic Partners’ Snag 250 Tickets to Women’s Soccer Ceremony

    Officials won’t reveal the full guest list, which was heavy on mayoral donors, developers and lobbyists for 2015’s soccer squad celebration.

    net gain

  5. math lesson

    Only Nine Hearing Officers for 9,695 Special Education Cases

    The more than 1-to-1,000 ratio highlights what parents and advocates say is a broken complaint system that delays services to special-needs kids.

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  6. special report

    Parents Sacrifice Savings and Careers in Fight for Special Education Services

    A slow, bureaucratic system for resolving complaints over a lack of special education services frustrates many, hitting low-income families hardest.

    special report

  7. cliff hanger

    Hike in Minimum Wage Is Net Loss for Those Whose Benefits Fall

    State lawmakers passed a bill requiring a study of the “benefits cliff” — when some families lose more in public benefits than they gain in income.

    cliff hanger

  8. city budget

    City Officials to Okay $92.8B Budget Already Poised to Grow

    There’s no money yet for three pricey items that Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Corey Johnson agreed to begin funding.

    city budget

  9. healthcare

    Airport Workers Turn to Albany for Healthcare and Paid Leave Benefits

    Late-session legislation seeks to mandate employer-provided benefits for airport and transportation hub workers from private contracting outfits.

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  10. driving up costs

    A Lot of Money: Prices Spike at City-Owned Parking Garages

    The tab will rise up to $200 a month, socking drivers already upset over congestion pricing. But some say they hope the hike will discourage driving.

    driving up costs

  11. 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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  12. overwhelmed

    Surge of Complaints by Parents of Special Education Students Sparks ‘Crisis’

    A 51% hike in grievance filings has contributed to delays in getting some kids key services, a state-commissioned report obtained by THE CITY found.

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  13. 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.

    special report

  14. 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.

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  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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.

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  18. 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

  19. 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.

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  20. 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

  21. 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.

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  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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.’

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  29. 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.

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  30. 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

  31. 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.

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