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Complaints Swipe at City’s $100 Vaccine Payment Card Tech Problems

Some 7,000 have complained they can’t access the money giveaway, provided to New Yorkers who rolled up their sleeves at certain vaccination sites. The provider got the job without competitive bidding.

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AG Probing CareCube, COVID Test Company Accused of Excess Billing

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COVID Schools Crisis Tests Eric Adams in First Days as Mayor

School attendance plunged to 67% on the first day back to classes, as unvaccinated children fill hospital intensive care units.

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PHOTOS: Surviving COVID’s Second Year in NYC

For many, 2021 began with renewed hope as the vaccination campaign ramped up and the city slowly reopened. The surging Delta variant, and later, Omicron, complicated the effort.

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City Employees Call for Remote-Work Option as Omicron Spreads

Only workers who aren’t fully vaccinated are notified of positive cases in their office. Municipal staffers say safety hazards and double standards abound.

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Subway Service Delays Feared as Omicron Hits the Express Track

The number of subway workers testing positive for COVID-19 has spiked, according to internal MTA data obtained by THE CITY. "It’s putting a tremendous strain on service, because you have so many absences," said one union official.

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More COVID Testing Needed for New York’s Youngest Kids, Parents Plead

Elected officials slammed Mayor de Blasio Tuesday for closing 20 city-run sites before the Omicron surge and called on him to quickly increase testing capacity — especially for youngsters under 4. Meanwhile, the mayoral inauguration ceremony was postponed.

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Some NYC Schools Shift to Remote Learning Option as COVID Surges Again

School leaders are taking matters into their own hands to respond to positive cases and staffing shortages. Meanwhile, calls are rising to increase COVID testing within schools as absence rates grow.

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Long COVID Test Lines and Result Delays Frustrate New Yorkers as Mayor Eyes More Centers

De Blasio pledged on Monday to open 20 new fixed-location testing sites — as many as he shuttered in recent weeks. Meanwhile, throngs endured chilly slogs for tests and grappled with delayed or lost results as Omicron fueled record positive-case rates.

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De Blasio Promises ‘More and More’ COVID Testing Centers After Closing 20

With Omicron propelling record infections and long pre-holiday lines outside testing facilities, the mayor and Mayor-elect Eric Adams scrambled to assure New Yorkers that we’ll get through the "fast and temporary phenomenon" of the variant.

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The Child Tax Credit, Budgeting for Your Family in 2022 and More: Join Our Open Newsroom Dec. 20! 

The new year brings new financial challenges for many New Yorkers amid pandemic uncertainty. Join our next online Open Newsroom session on Monday, Dec. 20, for a discussion of the Child Tax Credit, how to get it — and how key government spending decisions affect people’s lives.

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‘Vax Daddy’ Gives Politics a Shot: Pandemic Hero Runs for Queens State Assembly Seat

Huge Ma, the coder behind COVID vaccine appointment-finding website TurboVax, is taking his brand of civic tech activism to the campaign trail. But will his virtual folk hero status help the political novice oust a longtime incumbent?

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Borough Presidents Demand Probe Into City Hall’s Shielding of Neighborhood COVID Death Data

Manhattan’s Gale Brewer and Queens’ Donovan Richards issue call for transparency after THE CITY revealed the de Blasio administration withheld a map tracking fatalities at the pandemic’s 2020 peak: "This information could have saved lives."

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City Hall Withheld COVID Neighborhood Death Data During NYC’s 2020 Pandemic Peak, Emails Show

The city Department of Health prepared a map breaking down COVID fatalities by ZIP code in early April 2020, just as New York was about to hit the height of deaths, THE CITY has learned. But the de Blasio administration delayed the information’s release for weeks.

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NYC Small Business Seek Adams’ Help to Emerge From the Pandemic Recession

The incoming administration should create a 300-person technical assistance corps to bring one-on-one aid to small firms — especially those owned by New Yorkers of color, a new Center for an Urban Future report found.

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Threatened Coney Island Boardwalk Businesses Get a New Lease on Life — Except One

City officials use 10-year amusement park extension to leverage lower proposed rents for Luna Park tenants who’d faced steep hikes and barely weathered the pandemic. But longtime fixture Lola Star could be out of the Brooklyn destination.

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‘We’re Not Alone’: Families Share How They’re Coping With Grief in COVID’s Long Wake

THE CITY reached out to people who participated in our MISSING THEM obituaries project, asking about how they’re dealing with loss. Dozens responded and offered coping strategies, words of encouragement and advice for the holiday season and beyond.

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Tenants and Landlords Call on Hochul to Reopen Rent Relief Applications as Eviction Crisis Looms

Both sides agree that residents should be able to file for help even as the governor seeks a billion dollars from the federals to kickstart the pandemic aid. Meanwhile, debts and concerns mount as eviction moratorium end nears.

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Families Probed for Child Neglect After Keeping Kids Out of School Over COVID Concerns

The impact of child welfare investigations on already traumatized families can be severe: charges stay on records for decades and may affect future job prospects. Parents say they are trying their best to keep their kids safe and educated.

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Hart Island Burials Taken Over By Tree Landscapers, Uprooting Families’ Hopes for Transformation

The city’s potter’s field, the final resting place for thousands killed by COVID and AIDS, is now overseen by the Parks Department amid visions of creating the nation’s largest municipal cemetery. But a $33M contract to a firm without cemetery experience, under the watch of an ex-Rikers captain, is raising concerns.