Cindy Rodriguez is the Urban Policy reporter for New York Public Radio.
Her stories include in-depth looks at homelessness, neighborhood violence and more recently the impact of Sandy on poor communities in flood damaged areas. She’s won the Associated Press’ Best Enterprise Reporting award twice – most recently in 2010 for a story that exposed unscrupulous landlords taking advantage of people living on the margins and desperate for a place to live.
Rodriguez has also covered New York’s immigrant population. A story about an immigrant restaurant worker who narrowly escaped death on September 11th won her an NFCB Golden Reel Award. Originally from San Antonio, she moved to New York City in 1995 and lives in Queens.
Cindy Rodriguez appears in the following:
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
When the state limited discharges of mentally ill people into so-called adult homes, the industry fought back and almost derailed a class-action legal settlement in a case from 2003.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
In most cases, things like urinating in public, littering and spitting will be handled as civil instead of criminal offenses.
Sunday, June 11, 2017
It's been one year since a gunman murdered 49 people inside a gay bar in Orlando. The shooting shocked the gay community. In New York City, there's a mix of caution and defiance.
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
When the mentally ill fail to receive treatment and are in crisis, police often have to respond. Yet there's no way to ensure specially-trained officers are answering those calls.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
A police sergeant has been arrested on a murder charge in the Bronx shooting of a 66-year-old mentally ill woman last fall.
Friday, May 12, 2017
After weeks of scrutiny, the embattled correction commissioner, with a reputation as a national reformer, steps down. Whoever takes his place has major challenges to contend with.
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Lawyers for seniors and the disabled are suing the state Department of Health for refusing to release documents related to nursing home closures.
Monday, May 08, 2017
The head of New York City's jail system, Joseph Ponte, spoke at length about accusations of mismanagement and misconduct, old and new, before the City Council Monday.
Friday, April 28, 2017
A Department of Investigation report has accused Joseph Ponte of wrongly taking his city car on regular out-of-state trips.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Body scanners that cost more than a million dollars have been collecting dust for years while the city waits for Albany lawmakers to pass a bill that would allow their use in jails.
Monday, April 17, 2017
WNYC looks at the history of "Not In My Backyard" politics as the mayor embraces two policy decisions that will require the siting of new homeless shelters and jails.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Astoria, Morningside Heights and Bay Ridge all have high turnover rates.
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
The unions that represent correction officers, captains and jail wardens call the plan to close the city's notorious jail system unrealistic.
Friday, March 31, 2017
The city says it will close Rikers Island, the second-largest jail system in the country, which has been called an abomination by advocates and city officials.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
In the wake of President Trump's crackdown on immigration, public hospitals are holding forums to try and convince immigrant communities that hospitals are safe spaces.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
The judge harshly accused the state health department of possibly colluding with adult home operators to undermine a class-action legal settlement that protects the mentally ill.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
The White House's preliminary budget cuts spending across all agencies except Defense, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security. New York officials say it's a disaster for the city.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
The city is trying an obvious method to help the homeless, mentally ill and drug addicted stay out of shelters and jails — offering them a place to live.
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Officials say a $35 million federal funding cut will lead to even more deterioration in public housing and put the city's largest portfolio of affordable housing in serious jeopardy.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
As the Trump administration cracks down on immigrants lacking legal status, families who've lived here for decades are having to confront the possibility they could be deported.