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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Gunshot Victims Have Highest Chance of Dying in Queens

    Data indicates distance to a trauma center plays a life-or-death role. There’s only one trauma center in southern Queens, and it’s struggling.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Halfway Into Homeless Revamp, Work Lags as Hotel Use Grows

    While conversions to permanent housing have helped shrink the number of homeless families, transition to promised 90 new shelters proves slow going.

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    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.

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    Gov. Cuomo’s Clemency Out of Grasp for Many Behind Bars

    Some 18 prisoners have walked free before becoming eligible for release, out of nearly 6,500 applications since the governor launched his mercy push.

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    On the Brink of Being Homeless in a ‘Sanctuary City’

    After an ICE raid took a Queens family’s breadwinner, his loved ones fight to keep their home, with no help from housing aid off limits to immigrants.

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    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.

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    Punch Cards for Homeless Dangle Hope of Housing, Deliver Waits

    People living on the street say they have to stay put for weeks on end so they can accumulate sign-offs on their ticket to a possible home.

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    Little and Late Help for the Youngest New Yorkers

    Every child in need is entitled to free Early Intervention services to aid with development. Getting help in many parts of NYC is another story.

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    Woes at Wards Island Homeless Shelters Overseen By Gov. Cuomo’s Sister

    Sewage, mold, heat outages and code violations have plagued island shelters run by the nonprofit Andrew Cuomo started. Meanwhile, HELP expands.

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    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.

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    Thousands of Tenants Evicted, Even in Areas with Free Lawyers

    Advocates’ analysis reveals the landlords racking up the most evictions in the 20 zip codes where city-paid attorneys represent low-income residents.

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    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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    Despite Warnings, Mayor Violated Ethics Rules in Seeking Donations, Probe Finds

    De Blasio solicited donations from individuals seeking tax breaks, deed transfers and other favors from his administration, according to a DOI report.

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    Dialing 911 Daily: How Mental Health Crisis Strains Neighborhoods

    Alarmed residents near psychiatric hospitals and shelters for the mentally ill help fuel surge in “emotionally disturbed persons” NYPD calls.

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    Bad Vets Rarely Face Punishment, Records Show

    Even veterinarians found to have practiced with “gross negligence” are often back at work within a few months.

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    The NYPD’s Mental Illness Response Breakdown

    As 911 calls reporting emotionally disturbed people doubled in a decade, training lags and a key response team has been kept out of the loop.

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