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Complex Changes in Low-Level Arrests Under De Blasio

Elected on a platform of police reform, the de Blasio administration has cut arrests for some low-level drug crimes, but busted more people for the controversial charge of trespassing.

Crime Low, But Citizens Still Want to Fight It

A movement in Brownsville to recruit volunteer crime-spotters would be one of several citizen patrols and blockwatch efforts active in New York, despite low crime and a massive police force.

Report Details Woes for NYC's Electric-Cab Experiment

Documents obtained by City Limits outline a litany of obstacles that the city's pilot project has so far been unable to surmount.

Brownsville: What Will NYPD 'Impact' Changes Mean?

Residents are divided over whether tweaks to the high-intensity policing program are cause for concern or celebration.

Only Two Electric-Cab Drivers On the Road in NYC

Five of the seven electric cars in the city's taxi and for-hire fleet are idle, but Luis Castro is still making battery-powered stops in the Bronx.

New Crime Site Data Needs More Detail

A new tool lets New Yorkers see where the crime is, but supporters of the law that mandated the map want to know more.

EPA Wants Site on Brooklyn-Queens Border in Superfund

The Wolff-Alpert Chemical Company imported sand containing thorium from the Belgian Congo in the 1940s. Now the feds believe lingering radioactivity warrant making the former factory the third active New York City Superfund site.

Deadline Nears for Public Input on Rockaways Pipeline

Federal regulators will soon decide whether to permit a pipeline to run under the Rockaway Inlet, connecting the Brooklyn-Queens natural gas grid to a transcontinental pipe three miles offshore.

Fracking Accusation Angers Bronx State Pols

A Common Cause report says donations imply support, but lawmakers insist they're for moratorium.

The 2013 Primary Candidates on Public Safety

Stop-and-frisk, the inspector general, Ray Kelly and Muslim surveillance: How do the hopefuls come down on the key issues of crime and policing in New York?

Gays in Bed-Stuy See Hope in Council's Frisk Bill

The Community Safety Act is seen as a response to the stop-and-frisk program. But backers say it also would prohibit police profiling of LGBTQ people.

Cops Want Crime Watchers on 34 Bushwick Blocks

The new block associations could address many issues but would emphasize crime prevention. Some neighbors question whether crime is truly a threat.

Public Finally to Have Access to Hyper-Local Crime Stats

Newly signed legislation will correct a blind-spot in the NYPD's crime-report transparency, one we reported on last year.

FreshDirect Job Vows: At Odds with Environmental Claims?

The grocery deliverer says it will create thousands of jobs in the South Bronx, but that expansion disappears when the firm analyzes its environmental impact.

Warm-Water Fish Invade New York City's Waters

Fishers in Long Island Sound are seeing species that normally swim far to the south. Dramatically warmer waters are challenging both the fishing industry and the regulatory system that governs it.

Push for More Crime Data Stalls in Council

While it regularly publishes precinct crime statistics, the NYPD largely refuses to release data on crime at the level of smaller patrol sectors. It's unclear if Council Speaker Christine Quinn will allow action on a bill to require more disclosure.

Queens Residents Pumped Up Over Flooding

After pollution shut water pumps in southeast Queens, the aquifer rose and flooding worsened. Residents are pressing the city to accelerate its plans to deal with the water.

A Tale of Two Brownfields

Even as a city program for cleaning up contaminated sites shows promise, two tainted areas in Brooklyn reflect different challenges that remediation can face – like pricetags and politics.

For Some Landlords, It's Not Easy Going Green

If New York is to meet PlanNYC's goals, apartment buildings must get greener. While property owners and tenants both benefit from more efficient systems, getting them up and running takes a different kind of green.

Traffic, Pollution, Accidents: Are Trucks to Blame?

Whether we're breathing their exhaust or stuck behind one on an exit ramp, most New Yorkers hate trucks. But their complex impact on urban ills—and their key role in the city's economy—have thwarted efforts to limit the damage.

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Trash Fight is Sequel to Bloomberg Battle - Jarrett Murphy

A bill to cap how much city trash each neighborhood has to handle hardens the targets of a policy first approved nine years ago.

In Wheelchairs, They Marched to Stop Climate Change - Sarah Mortimer

The dangers associated with floodwaters and power outages that come with storms like Sandy are magnified when you use a wheelchair or breathe through a ventilator.

Striking Disparities in Neighborhood Violence - Jarrett Murphy

Focusing on the rise in shootings citywide masks deep differences across precincts. Most have seen neither no increase or a decline in shooting victims.

The Death and Life of Stop-and-Frisk - Jarrett Murphy

A new report looks back on 11 years of a controversial policy.

Resisting Arrest: Is There a Trend? - Jarrett Murphy

The head of the NYPD says more people are resisting arrest. What do the statistics indicate? <b>Updated</b>

Cloudy Views On Broken-Windows Policing - Jarrett Murphy

There's a lot of debate over whether New York should still be doing "broken-windows" policing. But there are also questions about exactly what that theory is, whether it's worked, and to what extent the NYPD implements it.

Some Police Agencies Revive Restraints Involving Neck - Jarrett Murphy

Chatter on law-enforcement message boards suggests that what was applied to Eric Garner was not a chokehold but a “carotid restraint," a police tactic gaining new acceptance nationwide despite past controversy.

What Will De Blasio's Approach to Welfare Be? - Jarrett Murphy

Some welfare foes fear the progressive mayor will reverse years of declining rolls. Critics of welfare reform hope he does just that.

Celebrate Earth Day: Find Pollution Near You! - Jarrett Murphy

Online tools let you see which companies release which toxic substances in your neighborhood and borough. There's good news and bad news in the numbers.

True or False: New York City Already Bans Racial Profiling - Jarrett Murphy

When the Democrats running for mayor debated, the merits of a proposed ban on profiling figured prominently.

Outside the NYPD, Inspectors General Are Everywhere - Jarrett Murphy

Thirty-three city agencies currently have inspectors general. So do the CIA, Department of Defense, Defense Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency.

New York City Eyeing Wider Use of Biodiesel - Jack Curran

If you're in New York City as you read this, chances are you're being heated by oil that includes biodiesel. Soon, all city vehicles—and maybe private ones, too—might be mandated to use the same fuel.

National Reporting Project Finds Flaws in Brownfields Program - Jarrett Murphy

The EPA program is dogged by funding shortages and a lack of oversight that puts lower-income communities at a disadvantage in obtaining federal support, an investigation found.

15 Years On, Still No Agreement on Welfare Reform's Impact - Neil deMause

The panel was charged with answering the question, "Welfare Reform at 15: Is It Working?"Their answer depended almost entirely on how each member defined "working."

Police Conduct at Parade Unlikely to Get Board's Review - Kiera Feldman

A councilman and top Public Advocate aide's claim that they were harassed by police needs sorting out. Could be a job for the Civilian Complaint Review Board. But it probably won't be.

Opponents Of Over-Policing Target 'Vague Laws' - Leah Robinson

When you bump someone on the subway, is it a mistake or a misdemeanor? One advocacy group wants New York State to clarify vague laws that it says grant police too much power.

A Fracking Film As Cuomo Deadline Nears - Jarrett Murphy

The state ban on most forms of the controversial natural gas extraction technique known as "fracking" will soon expire. A film to be shown Monday explores the complex debate over whether fracking should be welcomed or feared.



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De Blasio Admin. Making City's Safety Net More Humane

By Joel Berg

De Blasio Admin. Making City's Safety Net More Humane

After two mayors who saw declining welfare rolls as an indication of policy success, HRA Commissioner Steve Banks is making progress restoring common sense and compassion. There's still much to do.

Time for de Blasio to Reform 'Welfare Reform'

By Bich Ha Pham

Time for de Blasio to Reform 'Welfare Reform'

Reducing income inequality depends on a sound, fair social safety net—something the city has not had in 20 years.

Can NY Fight Global Warming Without Nuclear Power?

By Richard Thomas

Can NY Fight Global Warming Without Nuclear Power?

The experience of California, Germany and Japan is clear, the author argues: Close nuclear plants and CO2 emissions soar as other power sources fill the gap.

Competitive Energy Markets Work for New York

By Gavin J. Donohue

Competitive Energy Markets Work for New York

In a response to an assemblyman's call for stricter regulation of the electricity marketplace, an industry official says deregulation is not to blame for high prices.

Failed Deregulation: NYers Pay Too Much for Power

By Assemblyman James Brennan

Failed Deregulation: NYers Pay Too Much for Power

An assemblyman reveals the results of an investigation into how our current electricity rates compare to those we'd have paid before the Pataki administration's deregulation of the power market.



Who Got Murdered in New York City in 2012?

In 2012, 419 people were classified as murder victims in New York City. This document, produced by the NYPD, provides an overview of the victims and the accused.

Extreme Weather Events Cost Counties $1 Billion

67 percent of U.S. households were in counties hit by extreme weather events that cost over $1 billion in 2011-2012