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DAs hold key to closing Rikers, by steering people with mental health and substance disorders away from jail and into treatment

It was a striking sight: Four of New York City’s five district attorneys gathered earlier this month at a forum sponsored by the Daily News, Greenburger Center and Metro-IAF to discuss their approaches to stemming the mass incarceration of people with mental illness and substance use disorders, in light of plans to shrink and eventually close jails on Rikers Island.
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Len Elmore
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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Opportunity right under Mayor de Blasio’s nose, to unlock thousands of apartments for New York’s neediest in the middle of a housing crisis, on land the city already owns.

The lead paint scandal at the city's public housing authority has already cost several high-level officials their job. But it turns out those same officials were involved with fighting another crisis at the agency: Mold. Critics now say those officials did not go far enough to make sure public housing residents were in clean and safe apartments. NY1 Political Reporter Courtney Gross has this special report.
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Courtney Gross
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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A golden opportunity: Mining an overlooked housing bonanza

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Opportunity right under Mayor de Blasio’s nose, to unlock thousands of apartments for New York’s neediest in the middle of a housing crisis, on land the city already owns.
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Sunday, December 10, 2017
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Elites can’t keep writing off the adrift Americans who voted for Trump

After the 2016 election, my view was that the voters had rejected not just Hillary Clinton, but also the modern Democratic Party – a party top-heavy with celebrity candidates and dominated by Wall Streeters, Silicon Valley stars and academic and professional elites.
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Michael Gecan
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Thursday, November 9, 2017

De Blasio’s base bites back

Drenched and determined, from a multitude of neighborhoods and faiths, they massed by the thousands Monday on the sidewalks outside City Hall — from East Brooklyn, from the South Bronx, from southeast Queens, from Manhattan up and down.
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017
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News Housing advocates rally at City Hall Park

A coalition of activists from various religious organizations braved the torrential rain outside City Hall on Monday and called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to build more affordable housing units for the city’s seniors and prioritize public housing repairs.
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Nicole Brown and Ivan Pereira
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Monday, October 9, 2017
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Thousands call for more affordable housing for seniors

Thousands of New Yorkers rallied in the rain outside City Hall Monday afternoon calling for more affordable housing for senior citizens. The protest was coordinated by Metro Industrial Areas Foundation, a coalition of city churches. Metro IAF says they suggested a plan to Mayor Bill de Blasio that would transform underutilized public housing areas into 15,000 affordable apartments for senior citizens - but the mayor would not consider the plan.
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Ayana Harry
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Monday, October 9, 2017
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Thousands rally outside City Hall, demand more affordable housing

Thousands came together at City Hall on Monday, calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to build more affordable housing and punish slumlords. More than 5,000 people demonstrated, many of whom said the mayor needs to fulfill a campaign promise from four years ago to increase access to safe affordable housing.
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Amanda Farinacci
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Monday, October 9, 2017
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Protesta frente alcaldía en demanda de más vivienda asequible

Miles de personas protestan frente a la alcaldía para pedir a Bill de Blasio que construya casas asequibles y penalice a los arrendadores. Los manifestantes reclaman que de Blasio cumpla una de sus promesa de campaña, de hace cuatro años, de aumentar el acceso a viviendas seguras y asequibles.
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Monday, October 9, 2017
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Build bigger, Bill and create housing for New Yorkers

Mayor de Blasio set up towering expectations that his vision to build or preserve 200,000 affordable apartments would end the “tale of two cities” he condemned on his first campaign trail.
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Monday, October 9, 2017
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NYC Crime Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Education Weather Obituaries Thousands slam Mayor de Blasio's affordable housing plan in City Hall rally

Thousands of senior citizens, NYCHA residents, teachers and church parishioners turned out in the pouring rain Monday to call out Mayor de Blasio for falling short on his pledge to make housing in the city affordable to New Yorkers.
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Erin Durkin
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Monday, October 9, 2017
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5,000 demonstrators expected to blast Mayor de Blasio’s affordable housing plan in City Hall rally

Four years after Mayor de Blasio was elected on promises of making the city more affordable, 5,000 people are expected to descend on City Hall and say he hasn't done nearly enough.
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Jillian Jorgensen
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Sunday, October 8, 2017
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Holding de Blasio to his affordable housing promise

Four years ago, New Yorkers elected Bill de Blasio mayor after he told a two-cities tale about too many of us being priced out of our homes and hometown. One term in, rents are still rising even as he's on pace to fulfill his hugely ambitious promise to save or create 200,000 affordable units over 10 years. As de Blasio glides to reelection — talking about being open to new ideas, but not yet walking that walk — New Yorkers are still being priced out, and ever further out. Bed Stuy, Bushwick, Brownsville.
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Harry Siegel
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Saturday, October 7, 2017
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Where our democracy thrives: everywhere

About a year after the 2009 Rick Santelli rant that helped trigger the rise of the Tea Party, a reporter from a national newspaper called and asked what I thought “Rules for Radicals” author Saul Alinsky would have said if he’d been told that many of the organizing tools and concepts promoted by Alinsky had been studied and applied by Tea Party leaders.
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Michael Gecan
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Thursday, August 17, 2017
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Brooklyn leaders want NYPD to put lock on Glock to stop flow of illegal guns

Church leaders and parishioners packed the St Paul Community Baptist Church in East New York Thursday night not only to gather and pray but also as a call to action. The religious network East Brooklyn Congregations made a list of demands for their invited guest, Police Commissioner James O'Neil.
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Jeanine Ramirez
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Friday, July 28, 2017
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The true toughness Jeff Sessions must show

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is sending a message to America: He’s going to be tough on crime. To those so us who live, work and pastor in the killing fields of Baltimore, or Cleveland or Chicago, or the former killing fields of the South Bronx or East Brooklyn, that could be good news. We’ll see.
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Rev. David K. Brawley, Bishop Douglas Miles, Michael Gecan
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Saturday, May 20, 2017

NYPD Commissioner tries to ease fears of pro-immigrant crowd at packed Bronx church

THE BRONX –– More than 600 people from South Bronx churches packed Immaculate Conception Church with one goal in mind: to ask the police commissioner to make sure this community of immigrants is safe for everyone, regardless of immigration status. "I am the grandson of immigrants," NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill told the crowd. "I understand diversity. We are a majority minority police department. That's what it takes to keep this city safe."
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Magee Hickey
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Sunday, April 30, 2017
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More than 600 Bronx church leaders meet with NYPD

MOTT HAVEN, Bronx (WABC) -- Hundreds packed the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church on Sunday afternoon for a meeting with NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill.
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Lucy Yang
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Sunday, April 30, 2017
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NYCHA launches Mold Busters team to combat moisture and growth in its developments

If there’s something strange in your NYCHA home, who you gonna call? Obviously, Mold Busters! The New York City Housing Authority will announce on Monday the launch of a pilot program to abate pervasive mold from its aging buildings. Under the program — dubbed Mold Busters — workers will be equipped with special meters to monitor moisture in apartments and accurately target the cause of the mold.
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Greg B. Smith
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Saturday, April 22, 2017
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A Priest’s Legacy: Blessing His Flock, and Organizing It

Soft light shone upon the body of the Rev. Neil Connolly, which lay in repose under the dome of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. A procession of mourners — nuns, priests, family and friends — made their way up the aisle, hugging one another as they approached his open coffin, stopped and prayed, then gently touched his pristine robe as a final goodbye.
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David Gonzalez
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Sunday, April 9, 2017
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Interfaith outrage on housing and special ed

The New York City Housing Authority and Department of Education came under sharp criticism Sunday at a Manhattan Together assembly held at Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church attended by around 500 people. Seated in the audience at the church, at 103 Pitt St., were representatives of various community organizations, churches, synagogues and mosques, and a large turnout of public housing residents, parents and immigrants. The keynote speaker at the afternoon session was City Comptroller Scott Stringer.
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LESLEY SUSSMAN
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Thursday, March 23, 2017
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EXLCUSIVE: Scott Stringer, parents urge Education Dept. to fix online system they say deprives special needs students

City Controller Scott Stringer and New York parents are calling for a fix to a flawed Education Department computer system blamed for ruining the educations of kids with special needs.
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Ben Chapman
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Sunday, March 19, 2017
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Comptroller Scott Stringer Calls On Department Of Education To Fix Special Education Data System

Activist groups now have the support of city Comptroller Scott Stringer in their fight for special needs children. He spoke Sunday to a meeting of Manhattan Together to talk about the Department of Education’s Special Education Student Information System (SESIS) program, which is supposed to help special needs students but has cost the department on overtime and Medicaid reimbursements, which are supposed to be used for the services the DOE provides.
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Sunday, March 19, 2017
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New commanding officer named at 40th Precinct

Former Queens precinct leader succeeds Carlos Valdez For the third time in just over two years, there is new leadership in the 40th Precinct.
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Joe Hirsch
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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Area churches take to the streets

Parishioners fed up with high crime, NYCHA inaction, march for change Some 250 parishioners from local churches marched in Melrose last Sunday, to draw attention to two lingering issues that they say continue to erode the area’s quality of life: rising crime and dangerously unhealthy conditions in public housing.
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Samali Bikangaga
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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News Hundreds join together to end violence in Melrose

Hundreds of South Bronx church members marched to end violence in Melrose on Sunday. Participants who marched in the Feast of the Mother of Perpetual Help say they are not happy with safety and housing conditions in Melrose and are demanding change.
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Sunday, June 26, 2016
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White House wants to make it easier for law enforcement to use ‘smart guns’

The White House issued a set of recommendations Friday aimed at curbing the illegal use of firearms by making it easier for federal, state and local agencies to purchase “smart guns” that would function only in the hands of specified users. The measures include a proposed rule that would allow the Social Security Administration to report beneficiaries with mental health problems to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
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Juliet Eilperin and Michael S. Rosenwald
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Friday, April 29, 2016
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After 41 SESIS errors over two hours, a special-ed teacher joins a push for reform

When her son was in pre-kindergarten, Tiffany Zerges asked the city to find out whether he had a disability and to come up with a plan to serve him. “Although by law we were allowed a response to our request within 60 days,” Zerges said at a special-education forum this week, “60 days came and went, then 90, then 120 days.”
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Patrick Wall
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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
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Fariña’s confession: The Department of Education admits it has miles to go to fix special education

Speaking to Chancellor Carmen Fariña at two Daily News forums almost a year ago, parent after parent reported that schools had failed to deliver special education services for their children or had come through only after months of effort.
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Editorial
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Monday, March 14, 2016
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Parents and educators call on de Blasio to improve services for disabled students

More than 300 parents, educators, and activists called on Mayor de Blasio to improve services for disabled city students at a Monday night rally at Town and Village Synagogue in Manhattan.
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Ben Chapman
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Monday, March 14, 2016
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