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:

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.


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.  


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.  


Bronx Grand Jury Indicts Sergeant for the Shooting of Deborah Danner

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.  


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.


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. 


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.


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.  


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. 


After Much Deliberation, Mayor Agrees Rikers Should Close

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.


City Tries to Convince Immigrants, Hospitals Are Safe

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.


Federal Judge Admonishes New York State on Warehousing of Mentally Ill

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. 


Trump to Cities: Drop Dead

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.

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City Targets the Homeless, Addicted and Mentally Ill — For Help

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.

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Cuts to Public Housing Threaten the Already Cash-Strapped Housing Authority

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. 


Fear and Anxiety Upend Immigrant Lives

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.

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