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Judge blasts NYCHA, agrees to appoint special master to deal with toxic mold in aging apartments

A federal judge — fed up with NYCHA’s inability to abate toxic mold in its aging apartments — has agreed to appoint a special master to enforce a two-year-old pact to fix the problem
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Greg B. Smith
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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
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Bad Day for NYC Public-Housing Agency

MANHATTAN (CN) - Moments after a federal judge rapped the New York City Housing Authority on Tuesday for not cleaning up moldy apartments, the city's comptroller's found the agency unprepared for the Big Apple's next disaster. The mold finding comes from a class action that South Bronx community leader Maribel Baez brought two years on behalf of hundreds of thousands of public-housing residents fed up with agency foot-dragging.
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ADAM KLASFELD
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015
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Sen. Chuck Schumer demands that U.S. Army's handgun supplier doesn’t sell arms to dealers doing business with criminals

He's hoping the bottom line will be mightier than the bullet. Sen. Chuck Schumer said Friday he wants the federal government to use its "massive purchasing power" to put the financial screws to gun manufacturers who deal with shady weapon sellers.
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Jennifer Fermino
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Friday, October 23, 2015
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Press Release: SCHUMER STANDS WITH MORE THAN 100 NYC METRO-IAF LEADERS

SCHUMER STANDS WITH MORE THAN 100 NYC METRO-IAF LEADERS TO PUSH LARGE GUN-PURCHASING FEDERAL AGENCIES, LIKE DOD AND DOJ, TO PRESSURE GUN MAKERS TO MAKE SAFER GUNS AND TO CEASE DISTRIBUTING VIA DEALERS WHO FAIL TO COMPLETE BACKGROUND CHECKS; U.S. GOVERNMENT--LARGEST GUN BUYER--MUST USE GUN CONTRACTS TO PROD GUN MAKERS TO STEM TIDE OF GUN VIOLENCE BY IMPROVING GUN SAFETY AND DISTRIBUTION PRACTICES
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Friday, October 23, 2015
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Renewed push for smart guns could trigger a new furor over the technology

After vehement protests helped block the nation’s first smart gun from entering the marketplace, proponents of the technology are gearing up for another fight, intent on capitalizing on renewed interest in gun safety after a spate of high-profile shootings.
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Michael S. Rosenwald
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Thursday, October 22, 2015
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View: We can do more on guns

When President Obama lamented the sad state of affairs after the shooting rampage in Oregon, many wrung their hands with him. Yet there is something we can do and something the president can do – right now....
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Heriberto Contreras and the Rev. Gawain de Leeuw
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Thursday, October 15, 2015
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Obama considers executive action on gun control: What steps could he take?

After three school shootings in three weeks, the Obama administration is looking at executive orders that would toughen both the sale of and access to guns. Would it work?
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Olivia Lowenberg
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Saturday, October 10, 2015
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Mr. President, "Stop Whining" about Gun Violence

With the sun-drenched White House behind him, a prominent Baptist pastor spoke at a news conference that I attended in Lafayette Park yesterday. In a deep, no-nonsense voice, he delivered a stern message to President Obama: "Mr. President, we urge you to stop whining and begin acting."
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Sanford D. Horwitt
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Friday, October 9, 2015
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If We Can’t Ban Guns, Can We Make Them Safer?

Today, shots rang out at Northern Arizona University and Texas Southern University. Thus far, two students have been reported dead and four others wounded. This is the 282nd day of 2015, and the Northern Arizona shooting was the 299th mass shooting of the year in the United States.
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Marc Daalder
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Friday, October 9, 2015
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Obama weighs expanding background checks through executive authority

In response to the latest mass shooting during his presidency, President Obama is seriously considering circumventing Congress with his executive authority and imposing new background-check requirements for buyers who purchase weapons from high-volume gun dealers.
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Juliet Eilperin
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Thursday, October 8, 2015
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Obama Heads to Oregon Amid Frustration in Gun-Control Camp

The day before President Barack Obama heads to Oregon to meet with families of victims in the community college mass shooting, a group of about 30 clergy and community organizers gathered outside the White House, calling on President Barack Obama to “stop whining” and use his position to achieve gun control without Congress.
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Emma Court
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Thursday, October 8, 2015
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It’s time to hold America’s gunmakers accountable

It’s not just Congress that fails to respond after another massacre briefly focuses attention on the irrationality and permissiveness of our country’s firearms statutes. Those of us seeking change also regularly fall down on the job. We express outrage and move on, leaving the debate exactly where we found it.
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E.J. Dionne Jr.
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Wednesday, October 7, 2015
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EXCLUSIVE: Roof repairs at Harlem NYCHA building made leaks worse, say tenants

When it rains, it pours — right through her ceiling. But the 70-year-old woman, who lives in the King Towers in Harlem, is prepared. The public housing resident has created an elaborate network of aluminum foil aqueducts, taped to the ceiling to channel the deluge into buckets placed strategically on the floor. The jury-rigged funnel system keeps the rainfall off her television, her stove and her 2-year-old son, Josito.
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GREG B. SMITH
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015
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News Best of the Bronx: South Bronx Churches

For 25 years, a non-profit organization has been helping to bring about change and reform in one of the poorest districts in the Bronx. The South Bronx Churches is an advocacy group made up of dozens of institutions and churches. It has built affordable housing units and schools in underserved communities, and is now focused on special education and improving the quality of life in...
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015
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Housing group opposes de Blasio's Vatican speech because of NYCHA mold problems

Housing advocates want the Vatican to freeze out Mayor de Blasio at a climate change conference in Rome Tuesday. They say Hizzoner’s invitation to deliver the keynote address should be pulled because of his environmental record at home. De Blasio is set to fly to Italy Monday night and give a speech, titled “Modern Slavery and Climate Change,” at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences Tuesday.
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GREG B. SMITH
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Monday, July 20, 2015
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Here’s a Way to Control Guns

NEARLY three years ago, in the days after the mass killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, President Obama went to Newtown, Conn., to speak at a vigil for the victims. He spoke movingly, and seemed to embody the nation’s outrage and its determination to reduce the number of people killed with guns in America. “Do not lose heart,” he told the families of the victims. He said he would use “whatever power this office holds.”
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DAVID K. BRAWLEY, OTIS MOSS III, DAVID BENKE and JOEL MOSBAC
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Friday, July 17, 2015
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Coalition Says Housing Authority's Problems Worse Under de Blasio Administration

A coalition of churches and New York City Housing Authority residents is going public with its criticism of the mayor. The Metro Industrial Areas Foundation held a rally at City Hall, saying the Housing Authority's problems have gotten worse under the de Blasio administration. The foundation is calling for a shakeup.
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Friday, June 26, 2015
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Tenants, advocates call for NYCHA's Shola Olatoye to quit

Frustrated tenants and advocates rallied outside City Hall Thursday, calling for NYCHA Chairwoman Shola Olatoye to step down.
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GREG B. SMITH
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Friday, June 26, 2015
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Calls for NYCHA Head’s Ouster Say de Blasio is to Blame

Angry residents and faith leaders joined forces Thursday to call for the resignation of Shola Olatoye, chairwoman of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). On the steps of City Hall under a bright sun, hundreds of members of Metro Industrial Areas Foundation called for a "shake up" at NYCHA, demanding that Mayor de Blasio keep his promises to New York City’s most vulnerable population
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Batya Ungar-Sargon
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Thursday, June 25, 2015
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Need for major renovations keeps NYCHA units vacant for years: audit

Almost 300,000 New Yorkers are on the waiting list for a spot inside a New York City Housing Authority Building yet hundreds of apartments remain vacant, some for more than 10 years. But NYCHA says vacancy rates are the lowest in a decade and that it can’t make the necessary repairs without the necessary funding.
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JOE MAUCERI
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Thursday, June 25, 2015
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Congregations Call on De Blasio to Shake Up NYCHA

Konrad Aderer joins Brownsville pastor Father Ed Mason and hundreds of city housing residents and faith leaders from Metro IAF as they take to the steps of City Hall to call on Mayor de Blasio to take charge of NYCHA, the dysfunctional New York City agency in charge of public housing
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Thursday, June 25, 2015
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Mr. Mayor, step up & fix NYCHA: In dilapidated buildings, residents wait and wait for repairs

Mayor de Blasio professes to care about public housing far more than his predecessor did. It is time for him to take ownership over the conditions that plague thousands upon thousands of souls trapped in NYCHA buildings — leaky roofs, moldy bathrooms, unsafe lobbies and filthy elevators. These problems are long-term, sometimes life-threatening, and in many cases getting worse under his watch.
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REV. DAVID K. BRAWLEY , REV. FRANCIS SKELLY
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Thursday, June 25, 2015
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Tenants, churches want NYCHA boss to resign over lack of repairs

A coalition of churches and public housing tenants frustrated by perceived inaction by NYCHA plans to call for the agency’s chairwoman to step down
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GREG B. SMITH
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
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A chancellor’s challenge: In Daily News forums, Carmen Fariña displays experience and knowledge galore, but her plans may not be bold enough to answer parents' urgent need for better schools

Jessica Franco Ramos of Bushwick has a daughter who’s excelling at a public charter school — and a younger brother struggling at a traditional district school. Derrick Calder, of the South Bronx, pulled his daughter Jodie out of a public school, IS 318, where fights filled the halls and bullying was rampant. In a Catholic school, she found refuge at a cost of $4,000 a year. Celia Velasquez, a Bronx grandmother, was thrilled to discover that her grandson aced the gifted and talented test — earning admission, at least in theory, to a local program that would challenge him. But District 7, the city’s lowest-performing district, has none. She sends the young boy to a school 40 minutes away.
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Sunday, May 31, 2015
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Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña takes questions from parents, educators at packed Bronx forum

From a mother's worries over failing schools to a teacher’s push for mental health services, the city schools boss opened her inbox to more than 500 concerned parents and educators at a packed town hall forum Thursday in the Bronx.
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LAURA BULT , DENIS SLATTERY
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Friday, May 29, 2015
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Q&A with Carmen Fariña from the town hall forum on city schools

Carmen Fariña answered questions from parents and educators at a town hall forum Thursday night. Here are a few of the topics covered: Q: “Can we get more counselors to help troubled students in our schools?” — Leton Hall, Bronx, teacher at Mott Hall Science and Technology Academy
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Friday, May 29, 2015
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Fariña: System overhaul will improve special-ed issues

The coming school-system overhaul will improve special education services for students, Chancellor Carmen Fariña promised Monday night.
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Sarah Darville
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
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Carmen Fariña answers tough questions about NYC schools at ‘Fight for Their Future’ forum

Parents, teachers and concerned education advocates packed the room Monday night at a “Fight for Their Future” forum attended by city Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. About a half-dozen parents selected by the co-hosts, the Daily News and Metro IAF, a community group, questioned the boss of the nation’s largest school system about the real-life issues families face in the public schools.
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LAURA BULT , BEN CHAPMAN
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Monday, May 18, 2015
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Parents, education workers express concerns about NYC schools at 'Fight for Their Future' forum

The mother of a 5-year-old boy with special needs, Patterson quit her job to devote herself to getting her child the best education possible. She started a business called “Decoding Special Needs” and carries binders of information with her to meetings with Education Department officials to discuss her son’s Individualized Education Program, or IEP. She complains veteran DOE decision makers for IEP fail to show up to meetings and that, when they do, they are often unaware of what services are available.
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Monday, May 18, 2015
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Edward Chambers, Community Organizing’s Unforgiving Hero

On a June night in 1978, a community organizer named Edward Chambers drove through the shattered bricks and waist-high weeds of the Brooklyn neighborhood of Brownsville, finding his way along streets that no longer had signs. He was expected at a nearby Lutheran church by a group of local clergy. Its members had reached out to Chambers, a disciple of Saul Alinsky, in the hope that he could help them rescue a section of New York so devastated that Boston’s mayor, on a visit, had declared it “the beginning of the end of our civilization.”
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SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015
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