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NYPD Unable to Back Up Claims of Hundreds of Jobs Civilianized: Comptroller Audit Reveals

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These Are the 17 Victims of the Bronx Twin Parks Fire

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Seeking Mercy From Hochul: Three New York Prisoners Plead Their Cases

In 2015, Andrew Cuomo vowed to overhaul the state’s clemency process, but never followed through. Now, thousands of petitions offer a test of Gov. Kathy Hochul’s commitment to "improving justice." Here are the stories of three incarcerated men making pitches for freedom.

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MTA Cops Rode High on Overtime After Cuomo Crackdown on Subway Homelessness, Inspector General Says

The OT bill for the MTA’s police force hit $33 million last year because of efforts by the Cuomo administration to police fare evasion and homeless New Yorkers, according to a new report from the agency’s inspector general.

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NYCHA Probed Over Clogged Trash Chute Fire That Killed Bronx Boy

Aiden Hayward, age 6, died in a blaze that began in the garbage at the Mitchel Houses — nine months after a similar fire erupted in the complex. Meanwhile, more than 300 chute repair requests were pending in public housing developments citywide, THE CITY has learned.

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Queens Couple’s Dream Home Turns to Catch-22 Nightmare Over ‘Neighbors From Hell’

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NYPD Brass Springs Ex-Cop After Arrest for Allegedly Chasing Brooklyn Kids With a Gun

Community Affairs Chief Jeffrey Maddrey intervened to void the case of a retired officer accused of pursuing three boys with a pistol after their basketball hit a security camera, sources say. "They were terrified," says an aunt of two of the children.

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Who Are NYPD’s New ‘Youth Coordination Officers’ Headed to Schools?

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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.