Yoav Gonen

Yoav is a Senior 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.

Students in 133 schools that serve about 63,000 students were given secondary screeners during the last school year that identify students who are at risk of dyslexia or other reading challenges. The effort, while relatively small, is set to be expanded.
The incident led to the transfer of the detective, the retraining of two others, and changes in police procedure.
Chief of Risk Management Matthew Pontillo was forced to resign last week in connection with his concerns about a surge in police vehicle pursuits.
The city’s tax collection agency accidentally shared the home addresses, cell phone numbers and personal email addresses of more than 1,700 workers with all those employees.
A memo from Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey urges safety first. It comes after a string of crash injuries and a CITY expose of a surge in vehicle pursuits.
Letters obtained by THE CITY via lawsuit show the Department of Education concluded as early as 2018 that some religious schools stinted on secular education but didn’t intervene. Those four schools still fail to meet the bar, the city recently determined.
The Commission to Combat Police Corruption said that vehicle pursuits that cause harm should be treated the same as unjustifiable use of force.
NYPD Chief of Patrol John Chell, appointed to the role under Mayor Adams, has been unapologetic about the aggressive new tactic.
The Department of Education must take 40 specific actions to resolve decades-old delays in providing or paying for special education services to students.
The first three months of 2023 saw an increase of nearly 600% in police vehicle pursuits, part of an effort to ratchet up “quality of life” enforcement.
Detailed reports show significant deficiencies at four schools, including no English instruction at all. The Department of Education is fighting to keep similar findings sought in a lawsuit by THE CITY under wraps.
When she did anyway, Keechant Sewell figured her days as top cop would end, but a spokesperson for City Hall denies the conversation with the mayor ever took place.
Her departure comes after a top City Hall public safety official close to Mayor Eric Adams held his own high-level NYPD meetings and media briefings on crime.
School teacher Sharon Adams, wife of the mayor’s brother Bernard, was hired in March as a “strategic initiative specialist” at the city Department of Education. The move came shortly after Bernard Adams left his $1-a-year job as head of mayoral security.
Anthony Miranda touted the ‘virus buster’ badge in league with a convicted racketeer and a Queens business leader embroiled in an Elon Musk-imposter spectacle.
Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey is facing a penalty for abuse of authority that would typically be meted out by the police commissioner. The case is going to a hearing instead.
Despite a law passed by City Council ordering the NYPD to evaluate the work of its Equal Employment Opportunity Division, no assessment has been done.
The mayor said that the public system that’s failing to educate Black and brown kids should be “duplicating” what the Jewish religious schools are achieving. But his administration is battling to keep evaluations of 26 such schools under wraps.
Civilian Complaint Review Board interim chair Arva Rice said Wednesday that a new unit launched in October to investigate racial profiling and police bias won’t have enough funds to operate past June under the mayor’s proposed budget.
At least a dozen members of the NYC Department of Finance’s Sheriff’s Office have been accused of pilfering alcohol and other goods that had been confiscated during the city’s pandemic shutdown.