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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. homelessness

    City Red-Flagged Failed Homeless Hotel Firm Before Awarding $359M Deal

    The city awarded a Queens nonprofit a nine-figure contract — even after serious management issues emerged. Now the outfit is under receivership.

    homelessness

  2. class action

    Special Education Complaint Delays Spark Federal Lawsuit

    State and city education officials have “acted with deliberate or reckless indifference” to students’ plight, parents charge in class action case.

    class action

  3. pre-k

    Nearly 2,000 Students With Special Needs Facing Preschool Lockout This Spring

    Years of insufficient state funding and closure of private pre-K programs cited among reasons for looming shortage of special education slots.

    pre-k

  4. homelessness

    A Long Line of Red Flags Trailed Embattled Homeless Operator

    The city filed a court complaint Wednesday against Childrens Community Services, alleging massive fraud. But warning signs emerged in 2015.

    homelessness

  5. 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

  6. present tense

    Beijing to Brooklyn ‘Friendship’ Arch Gift Collapses

    The present from China for Sunset Park, seven years in the making, falls victim to “geopolitical tensions,” Borough President Eric Adams says.

    present tense

  7. bill's bills

    Mayor’s $95.3 Billion Proposed Budget Adds Costs, Not Programs

    Despite no new big-ticket items, Bill de Blasio’s no-frills fiscal plan piles on $3.1 billion personnel and other costs as state money woes loom.

    bill's bills

  8. 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

  9. education

    New Dyslexia Risk Screening at Two Brooklyn Schools — For $2,000

    Teachers assessing all first- and second-graders to identify learning challenges gets trial run, after bill to impose statewide testing stalled.

    education

  10. deep cuts

    With $6 Billion State Budget Deficit, Will Cuomo Target NYC?

    If history is any indicator, the governor will look to hit the city with social services cuts as ballooning Medicaid costs drive widening budget gap.

    deep cuts

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. housing

    De Blasio Turns Corner to Put Street Homeless on Fast Track to Homes

    Commitment to place 2,000 people in “safe havens” and apartments comes amid resistance to stays in strict and sometimes dangerous shelters.

    housing

  15. 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

  16. education

    Small Set of City Hearing Officers Deluged With Special Ed Complaints

    As of last month, 12 hearing officers alone were handling a combined caseload of 5,065 — more than half the citywide total.

    education

  17. education

    Special Education Cases Face ‘Alarming’ Delays as Kids Wait for Help

    Only five hearing officers are set to handle hundreds of new complaints — violating “the civil rights of students with disabilities,” lawyers charge.

    education

  18. love

    Family Courts Become Hubs of Happiness for Adoption Month

    November is National Adoption Month. We recently visited several court ceremonies around New York as new families formed in time for Thanksgiving.

    love

  19. payment plan

    Official Demoted Amid Federal Probe of de Blasio Admin Settles for $200K

    Geneith Turnbull alleged her pay was cut by $108K after complaining her underling got a raise for protecting the mayor in donor investigation.

    payment plan

  20. campaign bill

    FEC Flags de Blasio Use of State PAC to Fund White House Run

    For the second time in four days, the feds ask sharp questions about mayor’s unorthodox sharing of campaign money among multiple committees.

    campaign bill

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. special education

    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.

    special education

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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.

  32. 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!

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. 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

  47. 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

  48. 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

  49. 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

  50. 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

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