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Yoav is the City Hall 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.

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Family Says Body-Cam Video Counters NYPD Account in Queens Taser Death

 Police said 29-year-old George Zapantis was Tased after approaching cops while carrying a sword. His cousin and a family lawyer said footage shows he was unarmed.

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‘Mommy, Come Home’: Queens Mother Demands Answers in Death of Son Tased by NYPD Cops

Neighbors say they told police George Zapantis was mentally ill and asked them to hold off. Video suggests police shocked him at least once as he held no weapon.

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New York City’s Pandemic Budget Finds ‘Savings’ in Coronavirus Accounting

The virus crisis that ignited the city’s fiscal woes is also responsible for a big chunk of the reductions in the $88.2 billion spending plan, documents show.

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Pandemic-Emptied Hotels Could Become Affordable Housing, City Officials Suggest

Potentially thousands of vacant hotel rooms are ripe for conversion into permanent residences, deputy mayor, housing groups and hotel owners agree.

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NYPD Cop in Protester-Shoving Left Trail of Rough Policing Complaints in Brownsville

Days before the viral video showing a young woman knocked to the ground during Brooklyn protest, a Council member called de Blasio to blast officer and his boss.

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NYPD Watchdog to Restart In-Person Police Interviews After Months of Stalled Probes

The city’s four police unions have scoffed at allowing their members to be questioned remotely by the Civilian Complaint Review Board during the pandemic.

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How Remote Learning Upended NYC Students With Disabilities and Their Families

Parents have morphed into teachers and therapists amid a pandemic. Meanwhile, many kids struggle through virtual special education. Here are some of their stories.

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Primary Day Is Next Week. Here Are Key Contests to Watch in New York City.

Dozens of races will be on the ballot in the five boroughs on June 23, including 11 Congressional contests. Just tuning in? Here’s what you need to know

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In Their Own Words: Dozens of Protesters Detail Violent Encounters with NYPD

A City Council hearing offered demonstrators a first official opportunity to counter Mayor de Blasio’s contentions that the police showed "restraint" over nights of sometimes brutal mass arrests.

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De Blasio’s Staff Taking to the Streets Over His Handling of George Floyd Protests

After penning an open letter demanding NYPD reform measures, hundreds of city employees plan to voice their dissatisfaction outside City Hall and Gracie Mansion.