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Cuomo Sandy-Recovery Program Strands Volunteers and Their Neighborhood Flood Protection Projects

With $750 million from the federal government, in 2013 Albany asked New Yorkers to decide how to protect their communities from future storms. Planning participants say their projects have stalled.

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Hochul Pulls Plug On Queens Gas-Fueled Electrical Power Plant Overhaul

The new governor’s Department of Environmental Conservation nixed plans for a fossil fuel-powered "peaker" plant in Astoria touted as a blackout backup. The move marked a blow to some energy companies while boosting the greenhouse gas fight.

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City Eyes New Push to Buy Out Flood-Prone Houses as Climate Change Hits Home

The de Blasio administration wants Congress to fund a voluntary buyout program modeled on efforts launched after Superstorm Sandy, which hit nine years ago this week. The devastation wrought Sept. 1 by Ida has spurred calls to re-up the "managed retreat" strategy.

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Ida Devastation Spurs Call for a New ‘Build it Back’ Program for Flooding Victims

Queens BP Donovan Richards pleads with de Blasio to "step up" as swamped homeowners deal with slow and small aid. He’s pushing for a version of the Sandy-inspired program to repair — and possibly elevate — flooded homes.

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Bloomberg’s Olympic Swimming Pool Is Crumbling, Leaving Queens High and Dry

The $67 million Flushing Meadows Corona Aquatic Center closed for repairs after the roof started shedding concrete, just weeks before the pandemic erupted. Half of the Parks Department’s dozen indoor pools are shut for maintenance.

Mets Station Accessibility Project Up In the Air as AirTrain Derails

The Mets-Willets Point complex — which serves anyone going to Citi Field, the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the Queens Museum or Queens Night Market — is still inaccessible for LIRR passengers who can’t navigate stairs.

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Asian New Yorkers See Hope in Preliminary Political Map That Unites Some Neighborhoods

One of the dueling maps proposed by the divided redistricting commission would create four state legislative districts with at least a plurality of Asian residents. Brooklyn and Queens activists welcomed the early move, but say more needs to be done.

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Permanent Disaster Relief Fund Eyed for Undocumented New Yorkers in Ida’s Wake

Gov. Kathy Hochul and top legislative leaders say they aren’t ruling out instituting a pool of financial assistance for immigrants shut out of federal disaster relief, as climate change toll grows.

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Ida Aid Coming for Undocumented Immigrants Via Newly Launched New York Fund

Hochul comes to Queens Monday to announce $27 million in cash assistance for flooding victims excluded from FEMA help — including many still rebuilding their homes just blocks from where the governor will speak.

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A Young Black Mother Died During Treatment for Postpartum Depression. Her Family Demands Answers

Denise Williams went to Queens Hospital Center last month. Her family found out 48 hours later that the 29-year-old mother of two had died at the city-run hospital. They still don’t know why.

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Hochul Shows Shades of Green, Offering Hope She’ll Kill Queens Fossil Fuel Plant

The governor threw her support behind the creation of two electricity transmission lines that would bring clean energy into the city. That suggests to environmentalists that she’ll kill plans for a gas-powered "peaker" plant in Astoria. But Hochul’s not saying...

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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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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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Undocumented Immigrant New Yorkers Shut Out of Federal Hurricane Ida Aid

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has so far doled out $10 million to New Yorkers impacted by the devastating remnants of Hurricane Ida earlier this month. But many undocumented immigrants are being left out of that pool.

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How to Clean Up After Ida: A Guide for the Flooded

What you should know about safely putting your place back together, where to look for financial help and whether renters insurance covers flood damage. (Answer: Rarely.)

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NYC Basement Apartment Storm Deaths Renew Housing Advocates’ Calls for Legalization 

With the de Blasio administration’s basement conversion pilot program stalled, tenants whose homes were just devastated by Hurricane Ida could be evicted just for seeking help.

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City Senators Refuse to Commit to Commission’s Redistricting Maps

THE CITY asked 10 local incumbents who stand to see their district lines redrawn by a new Independent Redistricting Commission whether they’ll vote yes on nonpartisan results. Three said no, while the others — including Queens reformer Mike Gianaris — dodged the question.

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U.S. Open Begins Following World Tennis Events Marked by Suspected Match-Fixing

Both Wimbledon and the French Open were dogged by suspicious betting patterns now under investigation in Europe. Here’s how New York City’s own Grand Slam tournament is working to keep the games clean.

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Mayor Serves Up Last-Minute Vaccine Requirement for U.S. Open

The U.S. Tennis Association adopts vaccination requirement after City Hall reversal on tennis tournament safety protocols.

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Afghan New Yorkers Spring Into Action as Humanitarian Crisis Grows

The fall of Kabul has Afghans in New York mobilizing to help their families back home — along with any compatriots who may soon find themselves in the city. Some of the first refugees arrived at Kennedy Airport this week.