Chirlane McCray

A pilot program that’s supposed to send teams of EMTs and social workers to help people in emotional distress isn’t working as planned so far: Police are responding to 80% of emergency calls for help, THE CITY has learned.
Jumaane Williams, citing THE CITY’s report that one center is empty and another barely used after millions spent, demands answers on the ThriveNYC projects. “It’s beyond frustrating,” he said.
An effort to help new mothers with postpartum depression launched in February has been put on hold due to the pandemic — just when advocates say it’s needed most.
The city’s First Lady officially has eight employees who support ThriveNYC and other projects. But at least 14 people on the government payroll work on her team, ahead of a potential Brooklyn borough president run.
Public demonstrations of business-as-usual are emerging as a major theme of Bill de Blasio’s response to the evolving worldwide crisis.
New goals, fewer programs and a greater emphasis on people with serious mental illness are on tap for de Blasio’s wife’s much-criticized effort.
Two precincts in East Harlem and The Bronx will soon start sending people having psychiatric episodes to “diversion centers” they’ll be free to leave.
Cops will start teaming with mental health workers on 911 calls and will no longer refer to “EDPs” under reforms aimed at stemming bloodshed.
After cops fatally shot Saheed Vassell last year, Mayor de Blasio quickly promised to change how officers deal with emotionally disturbed persons.
Taxpayers’ tab for the mayor’s security detail for presidential campaign travel started two months before his official announcement, records show.
The mayor and his wife’s NYPD security details have cost New Yorkers at least $100,000 in campaign travel so far, an analysis by THE CITY found.
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The First Lady’s ThriveNYC has seen scores of psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers leave its largest program before their commitment is up.