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The Department of Housing and Urban Development's inspector general is looking into the role HUD Secretary Ben Carson's family has played at the agency, a spokesman told CNN. Carson called earlier this month for the inspector general to "review" the role his family has played at the department after The Washington Post reported that HUD officials expressed ethics concerns about their role. Carson's son and daughter-in-law helped organize a listening tour for the agency in Baltimore last s...
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by on February 16, 2018
The de Blasio administration awarded a $369 million contract Friday to a Queens-based organization that will provide supplies and social services to homeless families living in hotels, according to a post in the City Record. The contract was awarded by the Department of Homeless Services to Childrens Community Services Inc., which listed an address on Long Island near the border of Queens but whose website says it is based on 175th Street in Jamaica. The contract will run for three years, a...
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by on February 15, 2018
Beneath the elevated 4 line on Jerome Avenue in the Bronx, auto shops bump up against drug stores and bodegas, pizza places and dollar stores, schools and doctors offices, hair salons and juice bars. Noisy, dirty muffler repair and auto glass shops dominate blocks and blocks of the busy thoroughfare, but a city plan to encourage redevelopment in the neighborhood is raising questions about the fate of the auto shops and their workers. JEROME AVENUE BENEATH THE ELEVATED 4 TRACKS IN THE BRON...
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by on February 14, 2018
Puerto Rico's Housing Department said Wednesday it will suspend a $133 million deal with a U.S. company hired to repair homes damaged by Hurricane Maria because a review board found the contract was improperly awarded. The department's contractor review board published a ruling on Tuesday that New York-based Adjusters International received the contract, which was subsidized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, though it did not meet several requirements. Eric Perez-Ochoa, an at...
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by on February 13, 2018
The Department of Housing Preservation and Development has identified 87 vacant lots for development Just a day after a searing report questioned the Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s inaction on vacant city-owned lots, the agency has now announced the construction of 490 affordable homes on some of those lots. These affordable homes will rise on 87 different lots in various neighborhoods across the city namely Brownsville, Bedford-Stuyvesant, East New York, Weeksvil...
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by on February 12, 2018
Comptroller's report says Department of Housing Preservation and Development did not meet deadlines to offload hundreds of parcels by June 2017 City Comptroller Scott Stringer The de Blasio administration has been sitting on hundreds of parcels of vacant land that could sprout 50,000 units of affordable housing, City Comptroller Scott Stringer said Monday. A 2016 audit found that the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development controlled 1,125 pieces of vacant prop...
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by on February 10, 2018
Tenants of 83-85 Bowery begin a hunger strike outside of the Department of Housing Preservation & Development in lower Manhattan on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. Chinatown tenants who were forced from their apartments more than two weeks ago because of safety violations in the building expect to remain on a hunger strike through the weekend, a representative for the group said on Friday. Eight tenants of 83-85 Bowery began the strike at 11 a.m. Thursday after a rally with other residents and...
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by on February 10, 2018
Wolkoff Group, a Queens condominium developer, borrowed $300 million from Bank of the Ozarks to begin a second phase of construction at the Long Island City graffiti mecca known as 5Pointz. The company is currently wrapping up 1,115 residential units at the site, which has an address of 22-44 Jackson Avenue. The total square footage of the two developments comes to 1.2 million square feet. David and Jerry Wolkoff The Singer & Bassuk Organization represented Wolkoff on the loan tra...
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by on February 10, 2018
Living in 3045 Godwin Terrace has been an ongoing nightmare for Ileana Mercado. “If there’s a flood from a burst pipe, like has happened to me, there’s no one to repair it when it’s needed, or there’s no one to call except the fire department, because there’s no one in the building to communicate with,” Mercado said. “If your ceiling fell apart, then you have to wait so they can schedule an appointment to get it done for you — at their convenience, not yours. And usually they want to come i...
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by on February 10, 2018
A top official at the city’s Department of Homeless Services abruptly quit this week, forcing Mayor de Blasio to once again restructure the chain of command at a troubled agency charged with fixing an overwhelmed shelter system. Deputy Commissioner Jahmani Hylton — whose division was heavily criticized in a scathing Department of Investigation report last month over the agency placing families in dangerous motels — resigned Wednesday, sources said. He became the third top official tasked wi...
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by on February 9, 2018
Neighborhood residents blasted city officials and a nonprofit planning to operate a shelter for 150 men out of a West 58th Street hotel. Residents and neighbors of a Midtown area known as "Billionaire's Row" packed an auditorium at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Thursday night to blast a city plan to build a homeless shelter in the neighborhood. Many locals called the proposed homeless shelter for 150 adult men inappropriate for the neighborhood, bemoaned the lack of community ...
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by on February 8, 2018
The New York City Council, ever eager to establish independence from Mayor Bill de Blasio, suffered a setback this week in a legal clash over the separation of powers in a Manhattan court. At issue is the ability of five Council members to file an amicus brief on behalf of plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the city’s property tax system. The members sought, in their official capacity representing some 800,000 residents, to register their contention that the property tax system discriminates...
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