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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:

Justice Dept to Sue City Over Rikers Abuses

Thursday, December 18, 2014

US Attorney sues city to get faster reforms at Rikers Island. 

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City to Divert Thousands from Rikers and Into Treatment

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The task force said that 400 individuals accounted for 10,000 jail admissions over five years. It said that 67 percent of those 400 were mentally ill and 99 percent use drugs or alcohol.

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Rikers Reforms Aim to Curb Violence

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The New York City Department of Correction has proposed a slate of reforms designed to reduce jail violence.

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Bratton Appoints New Second-in-Command

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Bratton's new pick for First Deputy is a lawyer with ties to both the Clinton and Obama administrations. He was also once a beat cop. 

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Citi Bike Saved

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New York City's troubled blue bike share system has a white knight. That means more bikes, more neighborhoods—and a higher cost of membership.
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Senegalese Say Ebola Scare Is Harming Community

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WNYC
The Senegalese community says elected officials have created fear over Ebola, and now their kids are being bullied and customers are avoiding their businesses.

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Correction Commissioner Grilled by City Council

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte was grilled for more than two hours by council members concerned about the treatment of adolescents on Rikers Island.

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Councilwoman Says, 'Get Teens off Rikers'

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

A Queens councilwoman will call on the city to move teens off Rikers Island. 

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Nearly 20 Years Later, a New Approach to Welfare

Thursday, October 02, 2014

The de Blasio Administration is in the process of overhauling the strict work requirements that have defined public assistance in New York City for almost 20 years.   

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In Solitary, Inmates Languish, Despair and Attempt Suicide: Report

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A new report details the rough treatment of inmates placed in solitary confinement at New York City's largest jail system, Rikers Island.

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Shadow of Jail Violence Darkens Bus Ride to Rikers

Friday, August 29, 2014

As problems at Rikers Island reach a tipping point, and the need for reform becomes urgent, mothers, aunts, fiancées and others travel there regularly to check up on loved ones.  

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When it Comes to Rikers, the City Never Learns

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This one alleges system-wide violations of inmates' constitutional rights, describing brutal acts of violence committed by Rikers guards.

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Federal Prosecutors Say Rikers Guards Violate Teens' Constitutional Rights

Monday, August 04, 2014

Bharara calls violence by guards "the first impulse rather than the last resort" after two-year investigation.

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This is Why Public Housing Buildings Are Falling Apart

Monday, July 28, 2014

New York City's public housing authority went from being a national model to one of the worst landlords in the city in the decade between 2001 and 2011.

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Fiscal and Repair Challenges Await New NYCHA Head

Friday, July 11, 2014

Shola Olatoye, 39, must now contend with crumbling buildings, lack of revenue and spikes in crime in the nation's largest public housing authority.

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Teen Who Stabbed Classmate Is Indicted for Manslaughter

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

WNYC

Noel Estevez has been charged with second degree manslaughter instead of murder. The lesser offense means he will no longer be charged as an adult and his case will be moved to family court.

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For the Jailed Mentally Ill, Release Is Shaky

Friday, June 06, 2014

WNYC

Advocates say people often get released without the prison system recognizing they need treatment.

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Alleged Attacker of Kids in Elevator Saw Parole Officer After Stabbings

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The man police believe killed a 6-year-old boy inside the elevator of a Brooklyn public housing building had a history of mental illness and violent behavior.

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Head of Rikers Says Jail System Is Broken

Monday, June 02, 2014

The city's jail system is in deep trouble, says the city's new Department of Correction Commissioner.

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Report: Bloomberg Housing Policy Falls Short

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A new report found that one of Mayor Bloomberg's signature affordable housing policies has fallen short of expectations.

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