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De Blasio’s Employee Vaccine Mandate Extends to 125,000 Workers at City-Linked Nonprofits

Social service groups, already struggling with staff shortages and financial woes caused by late city payments, want more time. Ditto for municipal unions, which are mulling legal action. Meanwhile, a $500 vaccine incentive is causing a stir.

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Big Money in the Running in the Race for New York Governor

Reforms spurred by Albany corruption scandals haven’t changed the basic equation: state campaign fundraising deals in big dollars and few limits. Kathy Hochul, Tish James, Bill de Blasio and other potential contenders are poised to take full advantage.

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Retirees Flee City Medicare Program as Deadline Looms for Move to Private Health Plan

Uncertainty about coverage and costs under Medicare Advantage has a quarter million former city workers on edge. Two lawsuits seeking to block the move are slated to be heard in court Wednesday.

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De Blasio Blames His Failure to Pay 2017 Legal Bill on the 2020 Pandemic

The mayor, who owes $435,000 to a law firm that lobbies the city, promised to repay the debt "over time" after citing the COVID crisis. Meanwhile, he’s still refusing to reimburse taxpayers $320,000 for his presidential campaign NYPD security.

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Mayor de Blasio’s $1 Million Bill: He Owes Lawyers, Lobbyists and Taxpayers

The mayor, who’s eying a run for governor, will leave office with debts ranging from legal bills from probes of his fundraising tactics to his tab for using NYPD security during his short-lived presidential campaign, THE CITY’s examination found.

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How Can NYC End Rikers Island Chaos? We Asked Four People on the Front Lines

A mother whose son died behind bars, a top jail supervisor, the city’s former head of criminal justice and a recently released detainee weigh in on the crisis — and what can be done amid growing violence and staff absences.

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NYC to Eliminate ‘Gifted’ Test in Overhaul of Segregated Program

New York City will no longer test rising kindergartners for entry into its gifted and talented program, which has long attracted controversy for enrolling starkly low numbers of Black and Latino students.

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Trump Claims Bronx Golf Course Business Boomed After Jan. 6 Insurrection

Mayor de Blasio wants to end the ex-president’s operation of the public course, invoking his role in inciting the U.S. Capitol attack. Trump’s lawyers say the links in the shadow of the Whitestone Bridge have pulled in a record $8 million so far this year.

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De Blasio Refuses to Pay $320K Running Bill for Presidential Campaign NYPD Security

The mayor secretly asked whether taxpayers could pick up the tab for his police detail as he traversed the country — and was told no. He’s refusing to pony up, and has little campaign cash on hand as he flirts with a run for governor.

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Landmark NYC Climate Change Hazard Plan Bill Set for Approval After Ida ‘Wake-up Call’

City Hall would be required to create a citywide climate adaptation plan to evaluate threats that include sea-level rise and possible wildfire — as well as extreme heat, wind and rain. The measure would go beyond the post-Sandy focus on storm surge.

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De Blasio Blows Deadline on Overhaul for Segregated Gifted-and-Talented School Programs

The mayor promised to present "a very different approach" for the programs by the end of September. Now the fate of reforms is unclear as the end of his mayoralty approaches. "It’s too late," said State Sen. John Liu.

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NYCHA Housing Fix Clouded by Tenant Complaints About Private Managers

THE CITY’s examination found residents of several Brooklyn and Manhattan developments placed into the RAD program have alleged that private contractors and building managers botched renovations. Now some officials say an infusion of federal funds could render RAD obsolete.

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De Blasio Slams Bronx Golf Deal He Cheered to Bump Trump, After Homeless Operator Exposé

THE CITY asked why a homeless shelter operator was set to take over Ferry Point Park links and other news outlets revealed self-dealing and sanctions. Now the mayor says he’s baffled why his Parks Department didn’t spot the red flags.

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As NYPD Pounds Dirt Bikes Into Scrap, Defiant Riders Cry Foul and Vroom On

Police say they’re on track to confiscate and crush up to 3,000 illegal ATVs and motorbikes by the end of the year — far more than in 2020. But owners, who argue their property is being unfairly destroyed, say they’re just seeking safe places to ride.

Homeless Shelter Operator Quits Bid to Dump Trump at Bronx Golf Course

CORE Services Group says it will have no part in de Blasio’s deal to find a new operator for Ferry Point links, after THE CITY exposed the outfit’s unlikely role. City Hall says an Atlanta firm is taking over — but Trump’s lawyers say they’ll regret it.

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Some NYC Workers Battling ‘Long COVID’ Find Chances for Accommodations Remote

A municipal employee whose doctor said she needs to work from home was forced to go to a city office — just so she could have online meetings with colleagues elsewhere. De Blasio’s back-to-the-office order is straining some long haulers dealing with ongoing debilitating symptoms.

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East Harlem Waiting for Long-Term Trash Fix Four Years After de Blasio Pledge

An East 99th Street sanitation garage has been falling down for over 30 years. City Hall promised to find a permanent replacement as the East Harlem rezoning got the green light in 2017. That goal is still far off, locals say.

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Hear No Evil: De Blasio Visits Rikers But Doesn’t Talk to Detainees or Guards

The mayor took what one critic called a "sugar-coated" tour through the chaos-plagued jail complex Monday — marking his first visit in four years to the "nightmarish" lock-up.

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De Blasio Tees Off Trump at Bronx Golf Course: Homeless Shelter Operator Set to Evict the Ex-President

De Blasio names a firm tied to CORE Services Group and Bobby Jones Links to run deluxe Ferry Point golf grounds. Trump lawyers say the mayor’s "political retaliation" is a losing game and that the ex-president is in for the long haul.

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Vaccine Mandate for NYC School Employees Can Move Forward, Judges Rule

A federal appeals court has removed a temporary block on New York City’s vaccine mandate for Department of Education employees, paving the way for officials to require all school staff to either get the vaccine or be put on unpaid leave.