Greg B. Smith

Greg is a reporter at THE CITY. He was a reporter at the New York Daily News from 1993 through 2018. His beats have included federal court, City Hall and public housing. He also is the author of several books, including “Made Men: The True Story of the Rise and Fall of a New Jersey Crime Family.

The Eric Adams ally was a top NYPD official when he suddenly resigned in 2014, before a federal investigation yielded bribery convictions of civilian associates. Now his schedules show he’s playing a previously undisclosed role in helping run the NYPD.
At a tense City Council Hearing, NYCHA officials were grilled about the authority’s lethargic response to complaints about cloudy water and positive arsenic test results. Its chairman was a no-show.
On eve of a Council investigative hearing, sources say weeks went by without action, even as tenants filed dozens of complaints of foul, cloudy water.
Gregory Russ will step down as CEO, Mayor Eric Adams announced, while remaining the public housing authority chair at a $258,000 salary. Now-retracted tests that showed arsenic in drinking water is just the latest scandal Russ faced.
City Council committees are seeking a clear explanation from public housing officials and Mayor Eric Adams about what exactly happened with the water at Jacob Riis Houses.
Federal monitor Bart Schwartz told public housing tenants he’s working with the city Department of Investigation, which has subpoena power, to review how arsenic came to be detected (and then not) in residents’ drinking water.
NYCHA and the city still haven’t explained when they first became concerned about potential contamination, or why it took three days for the results to be made public.
Mayor Eric Adams maintains that results showing arsenic in the drinking water at Manhattan’s Riis houses were “questionable” — while not revealing that new clean results come from taps that had been flowing for an extended time first.
Eric Adams is promising transparency as his administration probes how things got so cloudy in the first place.