Department of Investigation

Charles Guria takes on the official watchdog job with a strong resume but a weak hand, as Department of Investigation records show limited compliance with past directives for change.
NYCHA declined to answer THE CITY’s questions about why it took so long to respond to the Department of Investigation’s suggestion.
Three years ago, the Department of Investigation recommended that the Department of Correction update its system of tracking violent incidents from old-school secret logbooks to a transparent digital system. Nothing has changed yet.
Just days into his tenure, a senior official under DOC Commissioner Louis Molina sought permission to ease a rule banning officers from wearing cargo pants, THE CITY has learned. Sources say he was told “No way.”
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.
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.
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.
Vendors ponied up everything from cash to booze to get repair jobs, the Department of Investigation and the Brooklyn DA’s Office found. The nine arrests came after THE CITY revealed the potential for corruption with “micro-purchase” contracts.
After THE CITY revealed that Commissioner Dermot Shea told interviewers officers did a “phenomenal job,” the Department of Investigation made the unusual move to post transcripts of interviews with him and another member of NYPD brass.
Brooklyn Democratic primary contender lied to an investigator before acknowledging she directed her dad to pay $300 to make a $12,500 utility bill vanish, city records state.
The Department of Investigation’s damning report echoes criticism of police handling of arrests at the Republic National Convention in 2004 and Occupy Wall Street years later. “It is deja vu all over again,” DOI Commissioner Margaret Garnett said.
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A review by THE CITY reveals that in 2018 alone, SAC Restoration received 29 separate no-bid contracts totaling more than $141,000.
City investigators say City Hall engaged in “political horse trading” during yeshiva review, but de Blasio was cleared of any wrongdoing.
Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez presses rare manslaughter prosecutions in the 2018 fatal crushing of excavation worker Luis Sánchez Almonte in Sunset Park.
Weeks after a special report by THE CITY on costly unsupervised construction jobs, the Housing Authority is put on notice to clean up its act.
One contractor has pocketed nearly $2 million — including for labor investigators say apparently was performed by Housing Authority employees.
Investigators slammed Man Up!’s Andre Mitchell for financial and hiring practices while getting taxpayer funds, records obtained by THE CITY show.
Crews used expired dust wipes when determining whether apartments are lead-free — spurring examinations by the Department of Investigation and NYCHA.
Newly uncensored portions of a Department of Investigation report reveal that de Blasio phoned a developer who got land and financing from City Hall.
City officials now can be penalized for raising money for city-tied nonprofits from people with pending city business, under new conflict rules.
Good government groups also asked the Conflicts of Interest Board to declare whether Mayor de Blasio violated rules in wake of THE CITY’s reporting.