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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. shocking wait

    Power Players Leave Hunts Point Meat Market Lacking Electric Backup

    The City Council approved $3.5 million for the emergency power supply in 2016. But the Hunts Point project is snagged by “regulatory delays.”

    shocking wait

  2. a little relief

    Parks Department May Shrink Costly Bathrooms to Save Cash

    With the parks’ comfort stations running up to $6 million, the agency is looking toward smaller, prefabricated potties as a cheaper alternative.

    a little relief

  3. supply chain

    No Coastal Flooding Protections In Store for City’s Largest Food Hub

    Local critics say de Blasio administration plan for Hunts Point Food Distribution Center only focuses on half of the resiliency equation.

    supply chain

  4. contender

    Former City Veterans’ Commissioner Loree Sutton Eyes 2021 Mayor’s Race

    State election records show the former Army psychiatrist filed a campaign committee for a run to succeed Bill de Blasio in City Hall.

    contender

  5. schools

    Even More Students’ Special Education Evaluations Delayed

    An increasing number of public school kids were delayed in getting evaluated for special education services last year, violating federal timelines.

    schools

  6. schools

    A Tale of Two Special Education Evaluation Systems in NYC Schools

    Critics say the city’s inability to fully assess kids’ needs leads parents with means to seek private help while many others have nowhere to turn.

    schools

  7. schools

    Rising School Bus Woes Plague Special Needs Students

    Our analysis found an average of 500 delays a day in the first weeks of classes. Parents describe marathon trips and bizarre detours.

    schools

  8. schools

    A Call to End Special Education Hearing Delays Amid ‘Harm’ to Students

    Education advocates demand “immediate action” on overhauling a complaint system that flouts legal deadlines, making students wait for needed services.

    schools

  9. disconnect

    City’s Online Referral Service for Veterans Struggles to Connect

    The VetConnectNYC site, which costs taxpayers more than $500,000 a year, was used by 522 veterans or their families in 11 months, city data shows.

    disconnect

  10. tracking you

    Subway Surveillance Cameras Turned Toward the Homeless

    The NYPD is monitoring 100 live feeds from a dozen stations around the clock, drawing concerns from homeless and civil liberties advocates.

    tracking you

  11. park dept.

    Brooklyn Borough Hall Parking Lot on Park Space Gets New Review

    Borough President Eric Adams defends use of public plaza for parking as THE CITY discovers vehicles with unofficial placards and speeding violations.

    park dept.

  12. 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!

  13. justice delayed

    Dozens of Sex Harass Complaints Left Unresolved for Years at NYC Commission

    City Commission on Human Rights has 44 open complaints of sexual harassment against private firms that were filed more than two years ago, data shows.

    justice delayed

  14. special report

    A Reading ‘Crisis’: Why Some Parents Created a School for Dyslexic Kids

    Pioneering Staten Island school, experts say, underscores systemic failures that drive families to seek help elsewhere — often at taxpayer expense.

    special report

  15. special education

    Children’s Advocates Say DOE Needs Lesson in Compliance

    The Dept. of Education has ignored orders requiring it to provide services to students with disabilities in a timely manner, new motion claims.

    special education

  16. back to school

    Thousands of Special Education Students Missed Nearly Two Months of School

    New analysis shows some 26,000 students with disabilities missed 36 days or more of school in a year. Advocates say the kids need more support.

    back to school

  17. siren call

    A Drive to Demand Details on Motorists Stopped by NYPD

    City Council Member’s bill seeks demographic info to help determine whether people of color are “unfairly being targeted” by police in traffic stops.

    siren call

  18. off message

    ‘Tallman’ De Blasio Used Private Email for First 16 Months in Office

    The mayor often relied on his personal account for public business, records show. Meanwhile, his promised email retention policy hasn’t surfaced.

    off message

  19. haul monitors

    DOE Tardy on Installing GPS in School Buses by Opening Day

    City Council legislation passed in January requires GPS systems in all 9,500 yellow buses, with real-time data for parents, by the first day of class.

    haul monitors

  20. running bill

    Complaint Hits de Blasio on Campaign Finance ‘Shell Game’

    A nonpartisan watchdog group cites THE CITY’s reporting in FEC complaint charging the mayor flouted federal campaign donation and spending rules.

    running bill

  21. running bill

    Bill De Blasio’s PACs for Dems Helped His Run, Records Show

    The mayor’s federal and state political action committees have spent nearly $1.2 million — but only $200,000 went to other candidates or committees.

    running bill

  22. dollar bill

    De Blasio 2017 Campaign Fined for Employee Violations

    Mayor’s reelection effort failed to pay coverage for family leave, workers’ comp and disability — aid his presidential bid wants to make nationwide.

    dollar bill

  23. disaster watch

    City Nearly Two Years Late on Making 60 Evacuation Shelters Accessible

    The de Blasio administration promised to be ready by September 2017 to accommodate people with disabilities during disasters. New deadline: January.

    disaster watch

  24. 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.

    running bill

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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.

    math lesson

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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.

    healthcare

  33. 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

  34. 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.

    conflicts of interest

  35. 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.

    overwhelmed

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. 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.

    employment

  41. 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

  42. 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.

    city council

  43. 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

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. 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

  47. 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

  48. 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

  49. 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

  50. 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

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