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How Can NYC End Rikers Island Chaos? We Asked Four People on the Front Lines

A mother whose son died behind bars, a top jail supervisor, the city’s former head of criminal justice and a recently released detainee weigh in on the crisis — and what can be done amid growing violence and staff absences.

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NYC School Safety Agent Shortage Looms as Vaccination Mandate Deadline Nears

Hundreds, if not thousands of guards could come off the payroll for refusing to get their shots — putting student safety in jeopardy, principals say. Meanwhile, 10,000 teachers have yet to upload proof of vaccination, according to education officials.

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Pols Call on Hochul to Revisit Rate Hike Tied to Controversial Brooklyn Pipeline

More than two dozen Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island officials demand review of a state commission decision to have National Grid customers pay for fossil fuel projects.

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Groups Fighting Anti-Asian Hate Still Waiting for Funding Albany Pledged in Spring

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School Policing Questioned as Students Return to Classrooms Amid Pandemic Stress and Security Revamp

The restarting of fully in-person classes means a comeback for thousands of school safety agents alongside a million students to city public schools in less than a month. That’s reignited a raging debate over what role cops should have in classrooms.

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Fate of Campaign to Save Kids Trapped in Hot Cars Now in Congress’ Hands

Mandatory warning systems to keep drivers from stranding children in the backseat are buried in massive infrastructure bills. But one version offers a weak solution, said advocates — among them a father who lost his twins in a Bronx tragedy.

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How Beach Erosion Played Part in Teen’s Drowning at Rockaway

The strip of the shore where Matthew Wiszowaty was swimming had been blocked off because beach erosion makes it impossible to place a lifeguard chair there adequately. Still, some locals say the city should boost patrols at the popular spot.

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Could Cuomo Face Jail Time Following Attorney General’s Harassment Report?

At least two of the cases detailed in AG Letitia James’ damning 168-page report fall within the two-year statute of limitations for misdemeanor forcible touching or third-degree sexual assault, legal experts say. One criminal probe is already underway.

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Washington Square Park Neighbors Pleaded for Help, Records Show

In scores of reports to 311, locals complained about loud music, rowdy partying and fireworks at the iconic Greenwich Village park, the subject of a controversial curfew. "We’re desperate. Please help," one resident wrote.

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All Cops Should Submit DNA Samples to Avoid Crime-Scene Confusion: Federal Report

Researchers hope the review will prod the NYPD to convince its unions to create a database of all officers to avoid possible wrongful arrests and convictions. But will New York cop unions comply?

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Under the Bus: Hero Drivers Fight MTA Over Pay After Being Attacked While Protecting New Yorkers

At least two drivers have been denied injured-on-the-job claims because one was on a coffee break when he saved an elderly couple from a mugger and the other had just stepped off a bus before a maskless passenger hit him.

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Who’s the NYC Business Community’s Choice for Mayor?

With the June 22 primary approaching, there’s no clear favorite, reflecting much of the city. But interviews with more than a dozen business leaders show they generally agree on who they don’t want to see in City Hall.

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Rikers Staff Sick Call Spike Spurs Lockdown, Trapping Mentally Ill in Cells

Some 1,200 correction officers called out sick Sunday — more than twice the pre-pandemic average. Union officials and inmate advocates alike fear more lockdowns are on tap for the system’s most vulnerable inmates.

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

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Anti-Asian Hate is Vastly Underreported in New York City. Here are Some Ways to Get Help.

Help is available for victims of bias incidents, even if the NYPD does not get involved or an intentional hate crime can’t be proven.

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NYPD ‘Accidental’ Killer Cop’s Rise to Brooklyn Chief Questioned

After the killing of Daunte Wright in Minnesota, Mayor de Blasio said cops who "don’t know how to handle their weapon" shouldn’t be on the force. But an NYPD officer who he says he accidentally shot and killed a man in 2008 just notched his latest big job.

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NYC Jail Officers Lash Out at Inmates With Few Consequences, Discipline Records Show

Following New York’s repeal of 50-a law barring release of uniformed officer personnel records, Department of Correction files show 11 officers were disciplined for at least three confirmed misconduct incidents over an 18-month period.

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Memorial Ride Planned for Subway Motorman Killed in the Line of Duty

Family and friends will complete Garrett Goble’s final Brooklyn-to-The Bronx subway run on March 27, a year to the day he died in an train fire in Manhattan. "He didn’t die in vain," one coworker said.

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Andrew Yang to the Rescue: Mayoral Candidate Helps Photographer Attacked on Staten Island Ferry

The former presidential hopeful stepped in between the victim and a pole-wielding man, and calmed down the assailant. Before cops grabbed the attacker, he told Yang that he supports his candidacy.

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Second Misdemeanor Rap for Driver Who Plowed Down Protesters in Manhattan Sparks New Fury

Prosecutors charged Kathleen Casillo with two counts on Monday for allegedly running over Midtown marchers in December. Those sent to the hospital say the charges amount to a slap on the wrist for her — and a slap in the face for them.