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:

Complaint: Queens Property Manager Used Hate Symbols To Harass Immigrant Tenants

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The lobby is a confusing mixture of historical images that also include Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Attica prison riots of 1971.

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Feds Say They Won't Prosecute Cops Who Killed Harlem Man In 2012

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Federal prosecutors said there's not enough evidence to prosecute police who shot and killed a Harlem man experiencing a mental breakdown. The man's mother says she's outraged.  

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Alternatives to 911 for Mental Health Crises

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Families with a member facing a mental health crisis have an alternative to 911: mobile crisis teams.

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New Yorkers Protest Charlottesville Violence and Trump's Reaction

Sunday, August 13, 2017

New Yorkers protested President Trump's reaction to the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia by taking to the streets.

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Dominican Day Paradegoers Honor Slain Police Officer

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Some of the attendees cheering the annual Dominican Day parade on Sunday took time to remember Bronx police officer Miosotis Familia, who died in the line of duty in July.

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Who Should Respond During a Mental Health Crisis?

Friday, August 11, 2017

The NYPD responds to hundreds of calls each day about someone in a mental health crisis, but cases that are not dire, there is another alternative: the city's mobile crisis teams. 

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NYPD says Brooklyn Man, Fatally Shot by Officer, Lunged with a Knife

Monday, July 31, 2017

Police say the officer fired after another officer tried and failed to neutralize the man with a taser.

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A Legal Settlement for the Mentally Ill, 14 Years in the Making, Nearly Falls Apart

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. 

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NYPD Now Gives You a Ticket Instead of Jail for Certain Crimes

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

In most cases, things like urinating in public, littering and spitting will be handled as civil instead of criminal offenses.

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One Year After Orlando, Gay New Yorkers Are Cautious but Undeterred

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.  

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Shooting Death of Mentally Ill Bronx Woman Highlights Problem in Police Procedure, Advocates Say

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.  

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Bronx Grand Jury Indicts Sergeant for the Shooting of Deborah Danner

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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A police sergeant has been arrested on a murder charge in the Bronx shooting of a 66-year-old mentally ill woman last fall.  

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Correction Commissioner's Departures Leaves Hard-to-Fill Position Empty

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.  

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Lawsuit Seeks to Shed Light on Controversial Nursing Home Closures

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.

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Scrutiny of Embattled Correction Chief Continues

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. 

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City Investigation Finds Correction Commissioner Misused His Agency Car for Weekend Getaways

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.

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Stabbed and Slashed While Waiting for Albany to Act

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.  

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The Origin and Iterations of 'Not in My Backyard'

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. 

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Holding on to that Rent-Stabilized Apartment Is Getting Harder in Some Neighborhoods

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Astoria, Morningside Heights and Bay Ridge all have high turnover rates. 

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Unions Call Plan to Close Rikers, 'Laughable'

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. 

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