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NYCHA Reaches Deal to Monitor Mold Mess at Privately Run Buildings

The agreement closes a loophole that let thousands of public housing apartments escape review by a court-appointed overseer, despite persistent health hazards.

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Who’s Running for Attorney General in New York? Letitia James Disrupts a Crowded Field

Letitia James says she’ll run for reelection after all — after nixing a nascent run for governor. Here’s who’s also in the running so far for the state’s top prosecutor, with an overview of what an attorney general does.

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Foreclosure Looms for Homeowners Who Thought They’d Won, Thanks to Top New York Court Ruling

The Court of Appeals found in favor of banks that complained cases were dropped on technicalities. Now homeowners across the state are bracing for new attempts to take away their homes.

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New York on Track to Pass Environmental Rights Ballot Proposal as Voting Changes Get Shot Down

Voters appear to have enshrined environmental rights in the state Constitution. But early results show they may have nixed making it easier to vote and changing the redistricting process. Meanwhile, a measure to expand Civil Court cases seemed headed for an OK.

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City, Union Push Back on Informing Parents of Rights in Child-Welfare Probes

The Administration for Children’s Services and its staffers’ union may have successfully scuttled two City Council bills that would require workers to advise parents and other caretakers of their rights at the start of a welfare investigation.

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Staff, Advocates Push for Better Conditions at Youth Jails as Rikers Steals Attention

New York City’s juvenile detention centers are having a "a crisis within [a] crisis," fueled not just by understaffing like the chaos at Rikers Island, but also by an aging, listless population, both youth advocates and staff reps told THE CITY.

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Jackson Heights Tenants Sue to Get Their Burned Out Building Back — and Get Back In

Many survivors of an eight-alarm fire are still barred from even retrieving their possessions. They’re in court now demanding swift action to make their apartments habitable again.

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Justice Delayed: City Jail Staff Shortage Keeps Detainees From Getting to Court

"It’s a tremendous problem and it’s getting worse," one public defender said. Meanwhile, advocates derided Mayor de Blasio’s emergency plan to stem Rikers Island chaos as too little, too late — and called for a mass release of low-level offenders.

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Suit Against Queens Doctor Alleges Sexual Abuse

Five women file Child Victims Act case against Dr. Ferdous Kandker, echoing complaints that ignited social media in the Bangladeshi community.

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Prosecutors From Manhattan to Albany Now Examining Cuomo Harassment Cases

Four New York district attorneys are scouring investigative files compiled by the state attorney general to determine whether the governor may have committed any crimes in their jurisdictions. The cases focus on allegations of inappropriate touching.

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New York Judges Lock the Accused Out of Their Homes, Skirting Review Required by Landmark Ruling, Critics Charge

An appellate court ordered hearings for defendants facing orders of protection that could separate them from their homes and families. But some judges — following a memo from state court officials — aren’t adhering to the ruling, defense lawyers say.

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Manhattan DA Candidates’ Reform Talk Rattles Veteran Prosecutors

Staffers working for Cy Vance worry budget and personnel cuts could hamper the office, which is investigating former President Trump. Reformers say change is needed to fix a flawed culture among district attorneys.

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Bronx Tenant Takes on Ex-Housing Agency Bigwig With Relentless Court Cases Demanding Repairs

Jason Torres tells a judge former HPD Deputy Commissioner John Warren is responsible for ongoing "harassment," after years of filing suits to force fixes. The landlord says the tenant won’t let workers into his apartment.

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Cops Defend Taking Kids’ Phones as Others Decry Rampant Practice at Council Hearing

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Uber Tries to Drive Back Legal Rights on Brooklyn Woman Who Sued After Accident

Emily Wu filed suit in November after being struck in a July accident she blamed on a dangerous driver. In January, a casual click of Uber’s terms of service deleted Wu’s right to sue, the ride-share company contends.

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NYCHA Mold Court Deal Faces Do-Over as Judge Moves to Protect All Tenants

The 2013 court-monitored agreement to eradicate toxic mold from public housing doesn’t cover apartments being moved to private management. That’s a big problem, says the judge, who ordered the city and residents to hammer out a new deal.

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Mayor, City Council Dial Up Anger Over NYPD Phone Seizures

The mayor’s office is looking into how it might get phones back into kids’ hands quicker after they are taken by police, following THE CITY’s report. Council members, meanwhile, are demanding more data — and action.

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Crown Heights Grocer Sued Over Campaign to Save Supermarket

As a neighborhood rallies to rescue Associated grocery on Nostrand Avenue from the bulldozer, landlord alleges a scheme to sabotage planned housing and retail.

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Dissident Democrats Furious Over Endorsement of Brooklyn Judge Accused of Cheating Home Aide

Kings County Democratic Committee members blasted the way the party boss Rodneyse Bichotte pushed through the backing of her ally — before THE CITY revealed the jurists’ past legal woe.

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Queens Public Defenders Push to Unionize. Management Calls Them a ‘Mob.’

A wave of legal aid attorneys is joining the labor movement. But bosses at Queens Defenders say it’s bad for business and that the unions just want to collect their dues.