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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.

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Many New York Judges Spend Their Way Toward Seats on the Bench. And It’s Perfectly Legal

An investigation by New York Focus found most of the city’s state Supreme Court candidates who won in November have donated to Democratic county parties and leaders. Some have spent thousands, thanks to a widely used loophole in ethics rules.

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Close-Rikers Jail Plan Faces Pandemic-Driven Delay as Budget’s Cut by $500M

Funding for building four borough jails has been sliced to $8.2 billion, a 10-year city budget forecast says — with a new construction timeline that could extend two years past the mayor’s 2026 Rikers shutdown pledge.

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MetroCard Scammer’s Been Arrested 160 Times. Can He Turn His Life Around?

Charles Barry became the poster child for the fight to repeal bail reform. But some criminal justice advocates say his case illustrates the system’s failure to address problems that could have kept him out of jail.

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A Bronx Pastor Bargained for a New Church in Selling His Congregation’s Land. He Says He Has Nothing to Show for It.

A developer promised space for Evangelical Church Disciples of Christ when it sold two lots for a city-backed affordable housing project. Five years later, the apartments are rented and the church operates elsewhere.

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City ‘Failing’ to Protect Homeless in Shelters and Hotels During Pandemic, Lawsuit Demanding Solo Rooms Alleges

A case filed by Legal Aid late Thursday seeks to mandate single-occupancy hotel rooms for single adult homeless New Yorkers for the duration of the crisis.