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Cindy Rodriguez

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:

City Takes a Chance on Non-Violent Defendants Struggling to Make Bail

Friday, April 08, 2016

Every year roughly 15,000 poor defendants end up on Rikers Island because they can't make bail of $1,000 or less. The city wants to cut that number by monitoring people on the outside.

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As Public Advocate, de Blasio Flagged Lead Problems in Public Housing

Friday, March 18, 2016

Now the tables have turned — the de Blasio Administration is on the hot seat as the US Attorney investigates lead in public housing.

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Lawsuit Says State Fails to Protect Women from Sexual Abuse in Prison

Friday, February 26, 2016

A recent lawsuit alleges the sexual abuse of females in state prison has remained persistent because not enough is done to investigate allegations and punish guards. 

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Searching 10,000 Brains for Signs of Mental Illness

Friday, February 19, 2016

Researchers from the Child Mind Institute are scanning the brains of 10,000 New York City children to find physical proof of psychiatric disorders. They started on Staten Island.

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With Blizzard Over, New Yorkers Shovel Out and Get Back to Normal

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The blizzard of 2016 left behind up to 30 inches of snow. With help from the sun, shovels and plows, New Yorkers got back to normal. 

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Palacio: 'There is No Such Thing as 'Those' People'

Friday, January 08, 2016

Dr. Herminia Palacio says her life informs how she tackles chronic social issues like poverty and mental illness. 

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Former Public Health Official to Take on Homeless Crisis

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

The Mayor has appointed a medical doctor and public health expert to be Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services. Her first task—dealing with the homeless crisis.  

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Clinicians Team with Police to Respond to Mentally Ill and Homeless

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Starting after the new year,  a group of 12 licensed social workers and psychologists will team with police officers to respond to calls involving those in a mental health crisis. 

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New York's Kindest

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

After years of resistance, the NYPD is teaching officers how to avoid using force when approaching the mentally ill. It requires compassion, empathy and staying calm.

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City to Build Housing for the Homeless But Without State Help

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The city will spend around $2.7 billion to create 15,000 apartments for people that are chronically homeless, often because of drug addiction and mental illness. 

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The Frequent Flyers of Rikers Island

Monday, November 16, 2015

Eight hundred low-level offenders spent half a million days in jail over the last six years, costing $129 million. Experts say locking them up is not the solution. So what is?

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Smoking Ban in Public Housing: Some Tenants Say Yes Please

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Department of Housing and Urban Development wants to ban smoking at public housing developments, not just in common areas, but inside people's apartments. 

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Judge Who Approved Treatment Instead of Jail: 'Why Not?'

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The man suspected of killing Officer Randolph Holder had been previously diverted from jail to a drug treatment program.

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No Cash to Get Out of Jail? Judge Sidesteps Lawmakers to Reform Bail System

Thursday, October 01, 2015

New York State's Chief Judge will go around the state legislature to reform the bail system. Reforms include allowing bail to be paid with a credit card.  

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Immigrants Hope Pope Sews Seeds of Change

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Pope Francis has shown sympathy for immigrants, and they hope his visit to New York restarts the debate over how to reform the nation's immigration laws.

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New York Gay Activists 'Disappointed' in Pope's Words

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

LGBT New Yorkers who were invited to the White House ceremony Wednesday were hoping for a message of acceptance — and didn't hear it.

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Get Ready for 'Unprecedented' Security in New York City During Papal Visit

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Pope's Sept. 24 visit coincides with the UN General Assembly, which will be attended by 170 world leaders. 

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The City's Plan for the Violent Mentally Ill

Monday, August 10, 2015

WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez and Brigid Bergin discuss the mayor's new $22 million initiative, NYC Safe, to reach out to violent mentally ill people.

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City Moves to Monitor Violent Mentally Ill

Friday, August 07, 2015

A $22 million initiative will identify people with a history of violence and untreated mental illness and attempt to get them more services. 

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Dangerous Drug Threatens East Harlem

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

They call it K2, Spice and Green Giant. It's getting sold at bodegas and tobacco shops and people are getting seriously ill from it. The city is struggling to shut the drug down.

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